PM Modi assures Centre’s support as intense rains damage Chennai; more downpour on forecast

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Image Source: PTI Extreme rains in Chennai after years, PM Modi ensures CM of Centre’s support

Aided by cyclonic circulation during monsoon, Chennai and neighboring areas experienced intense rains in about 24 hours, leading to inundation of most areas on Sunday and opening up of sluice gates of 3 city reservoirs to let out surplus water. Given that the start of the Northeast monsoon in October, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry areas have actually experienced about 43 per cent excess rains.

Heavy to really heavy rains lashing the city in about 24 hr follows about 6 years, while other areas of Tamil Nadu got moderate, and or moderate rainfall.

On The Other Hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has actually ensured all possible assistance from the Centre in rescue and relief work. Requiring to Twitter, PM Modi on Sunday said he talked with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu over the circumstance in the state.

“Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM, Thiru @mkstalin and went over the situation in the wake of heavy rains in parts of the state. Ensured all possible assistance from the Centre in rescue and relief work. I wish everyone’s wellness and security,” the prime minister tweeted.

Chief Minister MK Stalin checked several swamped locations along with top officials including Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and directed authorities to take swift action to drain pipes flood water.

Stalin, together with cabinet colleagues dispersed flood assistance, consisting of rice, milk and blankets to individuals in impacted locations, housed in momentary shelters. He directed authorities to accelerate rescue and relief work.

The government has actually declared holidays for schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts on November 8 and 9.

Districts like Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Tiruvarur, Villupuram, Erode, Karur, Cuddalore, Pudukottai, Perambalur received more than 60 per cent of regular rains (during the season), Stalin said.

The Meteorological department said a cyclonic flow lay over north coastal Tamil Nadu, southeast of Bay of Bengal and a low pressure location is likely to form by November 9 and the company has forecast widespread rains for at least the next three days in the state.

From Saturday early morning, Chennai and numerous residential areas in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts saw periodic rains and showers became non-stop considering that last night. Rains stopped in many areas and in neighboring districts by late Sunday night.

In view of heavy rains, vehicular traffic, bus and train services were likewise affected.

Though there was some hold-up in respect of a couple of flights, there was no major disruption in services, airport sources here stated adding even travelers who got here late due to showers were allowed to board.

Speaking on monsoon rains in the state, Earnings and Catastrophe Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran said, “in 26 districts of TN, there has actually been widespread rainfall (throughout the season). Due to this, 4 individuals were dead in rain related occurrences and one was hurt.”

About 260 houses were damaged, he said including 160 relief centres were opened in Chennai and over 50,451 food packets were distributed to people here by the federal government on Sunday.

Units of the state and nationwide catastrophe response forces have been deployed wherever needed consisting of Chennai, he said.

Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, S Balachandran said the all-time record of highest rain here was 45 CM in 1976.

The northeast monsoon (October-December) is the main rainy season for Tamil Nadu as nearly half of its annual rains is realised during this season.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published at Sun, 07 Nov 2021 20:36:03 -0600