Residents of Chennai flee flooded homes as rains continue

Heavy rain batters Chennai: schools, colleges shut

Thursday's rain was Chennai's third-highest in history in a single day for November.

These rainfall activities have been attributed to the presence of a low-pressure area which is over Southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast. According to the meterological department, low pressure area and upper cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal are likely to bring more rains.

But even after Saturday, coastal Tamil Nadu will experience rain or thundershowers at many places since monsoon rain has been predicted till November 6 by the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai.

At least eight people have been killed while thousands have taken refuge in relief camps due to the flooding. Talaignayiru and Thirutharapoondi in Nagapattinam district recorded 27 cm and 24 cm of rainfall respectively, he said.

Chennai had till Friday recorded 441.3mm of rainfall (58.84% of the seasonal average) from the northeast monsoon, Met office data showed.

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According to reports reaching here several acres of crop were submerged under rain water in Nagapattinam district.

Continuous rainfall has disrupted lives of people, with authorities being forced to shut schools and colleges. Power supply has been suspended in inundated areas like parts of MKB Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to ensure safety.

Volunteers distribute food to residents in flooded areas. "Honourable CM of TN taking stock of situation arising out of #rains (and) giving instructions to Ministers and officers", a tweet from the official handle of Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency said. Vaitheeswarankoil and Sirkazhi in the district have also been battered by heavy rains.

Heavy rains are likely at some places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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