Chennai rains: Schools, colleges shut as life comes to standstill

Image Bagyalakshminagar in Chennai

Image Bagyalakshminagar in Chennai

Schools in Chennai, the state capital, and other coastal towns have been closed with the weather office warning of intermittent heavy rains this weekend.

Apart from Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tirunelveli and Thanjavur districts were also lashed by rains. He had a message for the Chennai administrative authorities too."With the rains likely to continue, so much water logging already is not a great sign of preparedness".

Skymetweather.com, a private weather forecasting and analysis agency, has forecast heavy rain and thundershower with moderate lightning at many places over Karaikal, Puducherry, Ariyalur, Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Thanjavur, Thiruvallur, Thiruvarur, Thoothukudi, Tiruchchirappalli, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu during next 14 hours. Several colleges have been shut since October 31.

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As a precautionary measure, the power supply in the city was cut Thursday.

A view of a flooded locality following heavy rains due to the onset of North East Monsoon in Chennai on Tuesday.

Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday visited many waterlogged parts of the city and its suburbs. Traffic moved at a snail's pace in many areas.

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Volunteers distribute food to residents in flooded areas.

The Marina Beach area recorded a whopping 30 cm of precipitation.Parts of the beach were submerged under water, as people tried to make their way around. Water levels in temple tanks started rising after monsoon struck Chennai and its neighbouring districts.

The heavy deluge has brought back memories of the deadly December 2015 deluge in Chennai, where 500 people died.

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The torrential rainfall in 2015 was the result of the El Nino effect, but Chennai's unchecked urban development, loss of wetland and poor drainage exacerbated the situation.

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