Heavy rain, thunderstorms to continue in TN for next 2 days

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The weather department also said that Madurai, Virudhunagar and the Cauvery Delta will also witness torrential downpours…reports Asian Lite News.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue in Chennai and almost all other districts of Tamil Nadu in the next two days, the regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

The heavy rain that lashed Chennai and other adjoining areas of the state capital were due to a cyclonic circulation over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean extending up to 4.5 km above sea level.

The IMD has predicted that low pressure may form over the southeast Bay of Bengal and surrounding areas by Tuesday, which will become more pronounced and move in the direction of Tamil Nadu’s northern coast in the next 48 hours.

The interior parts of the state will also receive heavy rain, as well as the isolated places over the Nilgiris, Erode, Krishnagiri and Coimbatore districts.

The weather department also said that Madurai, Virudhunagar and the Cauvery Delta will also witness torrential downpours.

The IMD said that from October 1 to November 7, Chennai has received 26 per cent surplus rain and the state as a whole witnessed 43 per cent more downpour than the usual volume.

Heavy rain in a short time frame is called mesoscale phenomenon and this cannot be predicted easily, the IMD said.

PM, Stalin hold talks

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has declared a public holiday on Monday following heavy rains and inundation in several parts of the state including Chennai.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Stalin and promised all help for the people of the state.

The Prime Minister, in a tweet, said: “Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM, Thiru@mkstalin and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre in rescue and relief work. I pray for everyone’s well-being and safety”.

Stalin thanked the Prime Minister.

“Thank you Hon’ble PM @narendramodi. Had discussed about TN having exhausted State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for 2020-21 towards COVID relief and requested to release funds from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) of Union Government for this cyclone season,” he tweeted.

Chennai is reeling under heavy rains with water entering houses in low-lying areas and several people are shifted to rehabilitation camps. Meanwhile, four companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are deployed in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur districts.

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