Tamilnadu: Heavy rain forecast till Monday

CHENNAI: With a low-pressure area over Kanyakumari and its neighbourhood likely to become more marked, the northeast monsoon, which set in over the State on October 29, will continue to be vigorous over the coastal belt.

A trough from the low-pressure area extends to west-central Bay of Bengal across the Gulf of Mannar and the southwest bay off the coast of Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh, according to a Meteorological Department bulletin on Saturday.

IN FULL FLOW: The main falls at Courtallam on Saturday following incessant rain in the Western Ghats.

Thundershowers are likely to occur on Sunday at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over the interior of the State. Heavy rain at a few places with very heavy to extremely heavy falls at isolated places is likely over the coastal parts of the State and Puducherry on Sunday and Monday.

During the 24-hour-period up to 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, the maximum rainfall of 15 cm was recorded at Red Hills on Chennai’s northern outskirts.

Chembarampakkam on the western fringe received 14 cm; Ponneri had 13 cm and Madurantakam, Sholavandan and Cuddalore had 11 cm each.

A 40-year-old person in Alangulam taluk of Tirunelveli district died during the spell. A senior revenue official here said that the death occurred on Thursday.

On Saturday morning, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi discussed relief plans with Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi and Principal Secretary (Finance) K. Gnanadesikan.

Mr. Stalin briefed him on his visit to the northern and southern parts of Chennai. Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran and Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni were present.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who visited T. Nagar and Choolai to inspect baling out of rainwater and went to a special medical camp at Ayodhya Kuppam, said that over the last three years stormwater drains were laid in the city at a cost of Rs.81.76 crore over a length of nearly 150 km.

Drains were de-silted over a length of 996 km. There was no need yet to relocate people; bailing-out operations were on.


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