The rain lashes many parts of Tamil Nadu, more forecast; a dead in Chennai

CHENNAI: The rain hit many parts of Tamil Nadu and neighboring Puducherry with the unleashing of a strong spell in the last 24 hours that claimed a life in the state capital, even when the Met office forecast more rains in the next two days .

Several parts of the state have been receiving good rains since the beginning of the monsoon on October 16, killing a person in Thanjavur on Saturday.

The director of the area's cyclone alert center, regional meteorological center, N. Puviarasan, told reporters here that the presence of superior air circulation caused heavy rains.

In the last 24 hours that ended at 8:30 a.m. On Sunday, Sathankulam in the Tuticorin district recorded a maximum of 19 cm of rain followed by Cuddalore 17cm, Tirunelveli 15cm, Kancheepuram 13cm, told reporters here Sunday.

He said there may be mild to heavy rains in the next 24-48 hours.

Places like the districts of Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Vellore, Tiruvallur, Thiruvannamalai may receive heavy rains in the next 24 hours, he said.

In a consultation, he said that the rainfall recorded since October 1 was 39 percent, which was three percent higher than the rainfall received during the establishment of the monsoon.

For Chennai and its neighboring areas, he said that mild to moderate rains can occur in the next two days.

The city received 51 cm this season, which is 9 percent less compared to the normal 60 cm received during the monsoon season, he said.

He advised fishermen not to venture into the sea at Cape Comorin, in the Lakshadweep area, as gusty winds are likely to occur due to the presence of depression in the Arabian Sea.

To another consultation, he said that the Nagapattinam district received the maximum rainfall registering 81 cm compared to 67 cm normally during the monsoon season.

Meanwhile, the city's police commissioner, AK Viswanathan, took stock of the situation in the state capital and reviewed the measures taken after heavy rains.

Speaking to reporters, Viswanathan said that all departments have been alerted to assess the situation in a coordinated manner.

He said a group of WhatsApp officers was formed to ensure immediate action is taken.

Five teams from the State Disaster Relief Force have been held on hold and teams from the National Disaster Relief Force, if necessary, can also join, he said.

Several low areas in the city were flooded.

A 49-year-old man died in Ambattur on Saturday night after accidentally falling into a storm drain.

An official of the Fire and Rescue Services Muthu Krishnan said they received information about the man who fell into the storm drain 6-7 feet deep.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and removed the body, he said.

The head of the DMK, M K Stalin, turned to social networks and said the district administration should take action against the war after the rains.

Several low areas were flooded and the power supply cut off. The district administration should take immediate action, he said in a Facebook post.

In neighboring Puducherry, incessant rains affected normal life this morning.

The territorial prime minister, V Narayanasamy, told reporters at his residence that the union territory saw almost 12 cm of rain in the last 24 hours and that the school education department declared a holiday Monday for schools and universities.

The prime minister said he was recovering after knee replacement surgery, so he could not visit the areas devastated by the rain, but his ministerial colleagues had moved to different pockets for relief and rehabilitation work.

Most of the public roads were flooded with water, disrupting vehicle traffic. Daily wage earners were greatly affected by inclement weather.

The northeast monsoon accounts for about 48 percent of the annual rainfall in the state.