Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Meteorological Department predicts heavy rain in Chennai, schools to remain closed

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Although the subject for the tour is unknown, people are criticising him severely, especially when he should have been in the state to oversee the functioning of the corporation during crisis. Leaving the state to fend for itself during heavy showers, the minister is said to have gone for a study tour to Australia.

Speaking about the monsoon situation in the state, the chief minister said, "We were in a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister and state officials on steps to be taken regarding North east monsoon rain".

However, he said, "Today there is no water logging in Chennai due to the speedy work of ministers and officials".

S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Meteorological department, said that low pressure is perfectly placed over southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 5.8 km above mean sea level, reported The New Indian Express. "The Rs 434-crore storm water drain project [former Chief Minister] J Jayalalithaa had launched is nearing completion". This had triggered fear of floods of the 2015 December-scale among the people.

Since October, Tamil Nadu has received 25cm, against the normal of 26cm. We expected heavy rain from Sunday.

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Due to predictions on heavy rains, schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu will remain closed on Monday.

Rainwater had accumulated at several areas on the outskirts of Chennai, while residents have to struggle through knee-deep water outside their homes.

Chennai has been witnessing isolated rains for the past few days.

A depression in the Bay of Bengal is contributing to the rains in coastal areas.

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