Heavy Rains Cause Waterlogging In Chennai, IMD Issues Red Alert

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  • Chennai witnesses waterlogging following heavy rains.
  • Several parts of Tamil Nadu face flood-like situation after incessant rainfall.
  • NDR Foperations continue at Kanchipuram and Vardharajpuram.

Tamil Nadu: Areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal may face heavy rainfall over the next 3 days, while Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema may witness showers on Sunday and Monday, the Indian Meteorological Department has said. Rains lashed in several districts of Tamil Nadu once again causing the flood-like situation and waterlogging with several homes inundated while roads were filled with water since Friday morning which is still ongoing and will continue further. The rain has affected at least 20 districts in the state causing a halt in daily operations.

IMD has once again issued a red alert in various districts including the capital city Chennai. The government has declared a holiday for educational institutions in 23 districts on Saturday. The power supply was also disrupted in 12 localities in North Chennai and 8 localities in South Chennai due to inundation. The Thuraiyur Big Tank was filled to the brim and began overflowing on Friday, causing inundation in nearby residential areas of the tank. The sprawling tank spread over 284 acres is fed by inlet canals from Kolli Hills overflowed for the first time in 16 years. With Chennai getting heavy rains on Friday night, the City Traffic Police have announced traffic diversions in various places even as the Rangarajapuram subway remains closed for two-wheelers for the second day on Saturday.

Reports of fields of crops being destroyed due to heavy rains were also coming while the fishermen have been advised not to wander into the sea. The heavy rains have killed at least 8 people in Tamil Nadu, out of which 3 people lost their lives on Friday. The minister said two teams of NDRF have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram. The minister said that 10,500 people are accommodated in relief centres in 12 districts. The IMD said that a cyclonic circulation lies over Comorin Area and adjoining Sri Lanka coasts and strong northeasterly winds are prevailing over the Tamil Nadu coast and south Coastal Andhra Pradesh at lower levels. The state government has issued a high alert to district officials.

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