Heavy rainfall has thrown life out of gear in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, residents had a harrowing time due to water-logging and delay in train services. The death toll from rain-related incidents has risen to 71.
There seemed to be no respite from the downpour with the weatherman forecast more rains for the next 24 hours.
More rains were expected till Tuesday, the Regional Meteorological Department said. It is also reported that the rain would occur at many places over Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema and Kerala.
The rains are due to a well-marked low-pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining Sri Lanka.
Met officials say: “it is likely it is likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast and would concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours.”
The death toll from rain-related incidents has risen to 71.
Heavy rain has disrupted normal life in Tamil Nadu. Most roads, areas and low-lying parts were inundated, with Chennai being the worst hit.
November 16 was declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai and Kanchipuram districts, officials said. Also, many private organisations have declared a holiday for the day.
In Tamil Nadu, Anaikaracharthiram (Nagapattinam) received the maximum rainfall of 18 cm recorded till 8.30 am, Regional Meteorological Centre Director S.R. Ramanan said, adding, Sirkazhi registered 17 cm. Chennai received 3 cm rainfall between 8.30 am and 11.30 am on Sunday.
He said heavy to very heavy rains could be expected in the northern coastal districts of the State in the next 24 hours while there could be rain in the rest of the districts.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced a sum of Rs four lakh each to the families of the victims from the Disaster Relief Fund.
The government has also deputed senior IAS officials to monitor the situation and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been rushed from Andhra Pradesh as a precautionary measure.
The AIADMK official handle tweeted her message to the people, “Not to worry, ‘I Am Here for You’.”
The officials said that thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas and housed in 70 relief camps in Cuddalore district where more than 70,000 food packets were distributed.
Regional Meteorological Centre Director S.R. Ramanan said that the seas would be rough warning fishermen against venturing for fishing.