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Chennai: Incessant rains leave 12 dead in Tamil Nadu; IMD warns of heavy rainfall

Incessant rains leave 12 dead in Tamil Nadu; IMD warns of heavy rainfall in Chennai and 14 other districts by evening

The depression over  Southwest Bay of Bengal moved west northwestwards and lay centered at 11 30 pm yesterday about 300 km east southeast of Chennai and 280 km east southeast of Puducherry.

It is very likely to move west northwestwards and reach near North Tamilnadu coast by early today morning. It is likely to continue to move west north westwards and cross North Tamilnadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Karaikal and Sriharikota close to the north of Puducherry by today evening.

The weather system is prevailing 130 kilometers east southeast of Chennai as observed this noon. The Meteorology Department has said heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Chennai and 14 other districts in the state and Puducherry while sporadic light showers will be witnessed in all the other districts today. Tomorrow, the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, and Kanyakumari are set to get heavy rain while other districts would experience light showers.

Minister for Revenue and disaster management KKSSR Ramachandran said that the death toll due to heavy rains has risen to 12. Educational institutions have been closed due to rains in many coastal districts.

Subways in the city have been closed Suburban and metro trains have lessened their services. Trains and air services are delayed or canceled depending on the flooding and wind speeds.

Draining the flood waters from Chennai remains a formidable challenge for the authorities as rain remains unrelenting.

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The state chief minister MK Stalin has inspected several affected places in the state capital for the fifth day today. In 15 districts, schools and colleges remain closed while in five other districts schools are declared a holiday.

Five senior ministers have been deputed to monitor the flood situation in the Cauvery Delta region where complaints are pouring in about inundation of hundreds of acres of paddy fields.

The National Disaster Response Force has mobilized ten teams to be deployed in affected places in the state, including three teams for Chennai. The sea remains rough in areas that are in the vicinity of the Depression especially the northern coastal districts and the fishermen have stayed away from the seas.

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