Heavy rains bring Chennai to halt, roads flooded

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 03, 2017 09:35 hrs
Chennai floods

Chennai: Chennai and coastal parts of Tamil Nadu have received heavy rains for about a week now. The state administration after a prediction of rainfall on Friday has decided to keep the schools of Chennai and Kancheepuram districts shut in several parts of the state.

TN Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has assigned officials from zones of Greater Chennai and Kancheepuram to coordinate relief operations. He has advised the officials to ensure that pillar boxes are maintained and that inundation did not affect them. 

A total of 115 multi-purpose relief centres have been set up in the coastal areas.

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Heavy rains lashing for several hours on Thursday has left the Chennai streets and roads flooded, affecting the normal life in places like T.Nagar, EVK Sampath Salai, G.N.Chetty Road, Vepery. Several subways were also closed due to waterlogging and traffic.

Though the city woke up to a warm morning on Thursday, it witnessed a widespread moderate rainfall later. 

"Mighty show has come to an end. Rain abates though radar shows massive clouds off Chennai coast like yesterday night - Nothing to worry, as they are either dissipating as it nears the coast or shifting up. Drizzles / Light rains may continue form the rain clouds disssipating into Stratiform clouds.," predicts TN weatherman Pradeep John for Friday.

According to Skymet weather, more rainfall is expected over entire Tamil Nadu along with Chennai in the coming 24 hours.

The Tamil Nadu Meteorological Department earlier warned of heavy rainfall at a few places in the state in the next 24 hours.

"In 24 hours, heavy rainfall is expected in few places in north coastal region, while heavy to very heavy rainfall in south coastal region," ANI quoted MeT official S Balachandran as saying.

The department asserted that widespread rainfall is also expected over coastal region in the coming 24 hours.

"Fairly widespread rain of moderate intensity over interior region," stated the MeT Tamil Nadu.

Here's how the rains have thrown the normal life out of gear.

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