More rains in offing in TN, schools, colleges closed
CHENNAI [Maha Media]: A day after the Chennai city received more than 25 cm of rain, the intensity of the showers came down, though it poured in spells, crippling normal life. As the met office has forecast heavy rains, schools and colleges were closed for two days in few districts, including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet, while a holiday was declared for schools only in at least ten districts.
The government has also declared a holiday for all the departments in view of the rains. However, essential departments like electricity, aavin, revenue, police and fire service will continue to function as usual. Met office said Chennai recorded 7.4 cm of rains from early morning till 0830 hrs this morning, while the suburban Meenambakkam observatory received 5.1 cm of rains. The intensity of the rain was such that several areas of the city continued to remain inundated for the second day today and people were forced to remain indoors as water have entered their households up to a height of four to five ft.
Traffic was also hit in some parts of the city due to water-logging. Greater Chennai Corporation officials in coordination with police, revenue and fire service personnel were continuing their efforts to pump out the stagnated water. Several suburban areas continued to remain under thick sheets of water and resembled an island.