Death toll crosses 70 as Tamil Nadu goes under

Weather department predicts downpour across TN, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh for the next three days

Chennai: The Northeast monsoon continued to wreak havoc in Tamil Nadu, with rains pounding the northern coastal districts and more being forecast for the coming days in the state, where the death toll has climbed to 71.

Photos: Heavy rains throw life out of gear in Tamil Nadu

Land ahoy? People wade through a waterlogged street following heavy rains at Vyasarpadi in Chennai. Pic/PTI
Land ahoy? People wade through a waterlogged street following heavy rains at Vyasarpadi in Chennai. Pic/PTI

Normal life has gone haywire across the state as downpour led to inundation of large areas and authorities have shut down educational institutions. The weather office had predicted downpour for the next three days in the state, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Overnight rains pounded Chennai and its suburbs, giving citizens a harrowing time. Subways at T Nagar and Saidapet in the city were inundated, resulting in their closure. The District Administration had declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the wake of the heavy downpour that had severely affected roads.

The well-marked low pressure over Southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu that had brought incessant rains is likely to move north-westwards towards north Tamil Nadu coast and could concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours, the
weather office said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy falls occurred at a few places over north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at isolated places over Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh between 8.30 am (Sunday) and 8.30 am (Monday).

Rs 4lakh Compensation announced for the family of the victims

I am there to support you: Jayalalithaa

Chennai: With her government facing opposition flak over the handling of the monsoon fury, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa yesterday said normalcy will soon return as the government machinery is working day and night to ensure welfare of the people. She said her government had put in all adequate preventive measures.

Jayalalithaa

“When rains that should have occurred in three months lash within a few days, any number of preventive measures will not suffice, as stagnation and resulting damage are unavoidable,” the CM said. “People need not worry. I am there to support you, so is the government. Normalcy will return soon and the government machinery is working day and night to ensure that.”

11 NDRF teams rushed to TN
New Delhi: The Centre yesterday rushed 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, comprising over 400 personnel, to conduct relief and rescue operations in rain-hit Tamil Nadu. These teams of the disaster management force will also be carrying 38 inflatable rubber boats along with other necessary equipment to undertake quick operations in the state. NDRF Director General O P Singh said the teams were sent from the Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu) and Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) bases of the force. “These teams are being immediately deployed in Tamil Nadu. Apart from conducting rescue operations, these teams will assist local administration of various districts to distribute relief material, food items and medicines to the affected people,”

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