Low pressure to form over bay in 12 hrs, red alert for Chennai, five rain-related deaths in TN

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Chennai, Nov 9 : A low pressure area is likely to form over the bay during the next 12 hours and move towards North Tamil Nadu by November 11 morning, promising more rains, even as the met office issued a red alert for Chennai and adjoining districts for the next two days.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran, who reviewed the flood situation this morning, said five people were killed in rain-related incidents in the State.

About 538 huts and four houses were damaged due to the incessant rains during the last couple of few days, he told reporters. A bulletin issued by the met office today said the cyclonic circulation over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining South Andaman sea persists. Under its influence, a low pressure area is very likely to form over Southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours.

It is likely to move west-northwestwards, intensify into a depression and reach the north TN coast by Thursday morning. While rains will occur at several districts of the State, the met office has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places of coastal TN. Extremely heavy rains of above 20.4 cm will also occur for the next two days in North Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chengalpet districts and a red alert has been issued to these districts.

As rains abated this morning after Sunday’s pounding and incessant rains yesterday, Chennai city received five cms of rains during the last 24 hrs ending at 0830 hrs today.

The suburban Meenambakkam observatory received about 4 cms of rain. A holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur, chengalpet, Kanchipuram and Mayiladuthurai districts due to rain.

A holiday has been declared for schools in Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Tiruvarur, Madurai and Pudukottai districts. As the catchment areas near Chennai received copious inflows and the rains continued, more than 10,000 cusecs of surplus waters were released cumulatively from Poondi, Sholavaram, Chembarambakkam, Puzhal and Thervai Kandigai reservoirs and from Veeranam lake.

Meanwhile, several parts of Chennai city and suburbs continued to remain marooned forcing people to remain indoors. Several suburban areas too were inundated for the third successive day and resembled an island.

Chief Minister M K Stalin inspected the flood affected areas for the third day today and provided relief to the affected people and also heard their grievances.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has increased the number of helplines to attend complaints and grievances from the people. Since more number of calls were received in the helpline 1913, it is expanded from 5 to 30.


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