Chennai: More than 10,000 people took shelter in over 100 relief camps set up in Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu after the northeast monsoon intensified, the state government said. Chennai continues to get heavy rainfall this morning after last night’s downpour. Schools in the city and other coastal towns will remain closed for the fifth day. The weather office has warned of intermittent heavy rain in coastal Tamil Nadu for today as well. Forecasters said 74 per cent of rain was recorded in just the first week since the northeast monsoon arrived. Between Thursday evening and Friday morning, parts of Chennai received as much as 140 mm of rain. Although most of the water-logging has been cleared in Chennai, low-lying areas and the suburbs of the capital continue to be water-logged.
Here are the top 10 updates on Chennai rain:
- Twelve people have died in rain-related incidents in the state since October 27, when the northeast monsoon set in. A farmer was electrocuted in Thiruvarur in southern Tamil Nadu on Friday.
- On Friday, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, along with deputy O Panneerslevam, visited several water-logged parts of Chennai and its suburbs. The Chief Minister insisted that his government was working on a “war-footing”.
- 105 relief camps have been set up in Chennai, a Tamil Nadu government release said.
- Schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have been closed since Tuesday.
- The downpour has triggered fears of the 2015 deluge in Tamil Nadu that left hundreds of people dead and lakhs homeless.
- Flight operations at the Chennai airport are normal, officials said. Waterlogging affected traffic movement and a “signalling snag” partially hit train services between St Thomas Mount and Kodambakkam suburban section on Thursday night. Train services were normal since Friday.
- The popular Marina Beach in the heart of Chennai, the longest in the country, was water-logged on Friday, with the beach front hardly visible.
- In 2015, Chennai witnessed its worst floods in over a century in which over 150 people died. Hundreds more died in rest of the state and lakhs were displaced from their homes.
- The coastal district of Nagapattinam, 318 kms from Chennai, continued to suffer monsoon fury, with incessant rains submerging houses and affecting standing crops over thousands of hectares.
- Tamil Nadu’s Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani had compared the monsoon preparedness of his state to that of developed nations. “It rained in Bengaluru recently, earlier it rained in the UK and US and we were told it was flooded everywhere. It shows our action is better than those of developed countries”.