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Tamil Nadu: Heavy rains pound Chennai and other districts

Overnight rains pummelling Chennai, its neighbouring districts, and other portions of Tamil Nadu, and rain persisted on Wednesday, causing flooding in sections of the state capital and surrounding areas. Waterlogging occurred in and around the arterial Anna Salai, the crowded areas of north Chennai, including sections of Pulianthope, and communities tucked away in southern parts of the city and suburbs, causing traffic congestion and delayed vehicle movement. A school vacation has been proclaimed in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengelpet, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, and Tiruvarur districts. Since Monday, the city has been drenched with severe rain. Chennai experienced 205.47 mm of rain between then and now, leading the authorities to declare a school holiday.

Light to moderate rainfall is likely to persist in the state’s coastal and Cauvery Delta regions. Greater Chennai Corporation officials visited numerous sites and stated that due to preliminary steps and storm water drain work, there was no rainwater stagnation in regions such as KK Nagar-Rajamannar Salai and subways such as Ganesapuram.

Earlier on Tuesday, two individuals were killed in rain-related events in Chennai amid heavy rains. Shanthi, 47, died on Tuesday after a part of her house’s balcony wall collapsed on her. Devendran, an autorickshaw driver, was electrocuted to death after coming into touch with a live wire in Vyasarpadi, according to an IANS report.

“Following a high-level meeting of ministers and officials, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin stated that the state may receive 35 to 75 percent more rain. He also stated that storage levels in 43 dams reached 75 to 100 percent of capacity, while storage levels in 17 other dams ranged from 50 to 75 percent “According to an IANS report.

IMD has also forecast heavy rain in Puducherry, Karaikal, and Kerala for the next four days.

With the intensity of the rains rising, the State Disaster Response Force has been prepared for any scenario.

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