Normal life in Chennai was affected as heavy rainfall continued in several parts of the metropolis and neighbouring districts on Friday. As per the last update by news agency PTI, the death toll in rain-related incidents in the city reached eight in Tamil Nadu. In spite of some relief in the early hours of the day, the city saw heavy downpour in the evening which continued overnight.
Heavy downpour was witnessed in parts of Chennai including Mylapore, Foreshore Estate, southern suburbs of Tambaram, Chrompet and Pallavaram. According to a government release, 105 relief camps were set up in the city for those who were affected by the continous rainfall.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s government faced backlash for ineffective handling of rains in Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK leader visited several water-logged areas in the city and its suburbs on Friday, accompanied by his deputy O Pannerselvam and senior officials. Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami insisted that his government was working on a “war-footing”.
Meanwhile, Madras High Court on Friday directed Chennai corporation to file a detailed status report on the steps taken to prevent waterlogging in the city. In its order, the court also asked the concerned authorities to start the removal of unauthorised encroachments on water bodies and canals.
Due to incessant rains for almost a week, several government colleges and institutions including Anna University decided to postpone their semester exams which were scheduled to be held from Friday. According to University notifications, “the revised date will be announced later.” The schools and colleges have been shut down since October 31 in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.
Chennai rains Live updates:
12:00 pm: Civic authorities, including corporation officials, district collectors also coordinated relief work.
11:30 pm: Due to incessant rainfalls, commuters had a hard time in Chennai, with the buses and train services getting delayed. There was also severe traffic jams on roads. In order to help fellow civilians, netizens posted updates about traffic diversions and inundated areas on social media and volunteers distributed food packets and water in affected areas of Nanmangama and Pallikaranai.
11:00 pm: Rains continue in parts of Chennai. and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and other regions of Tamil Nadu. The MeT department had earlier predicted more rainfall on Saturday due to a low pressure area persisting in the Bay of Bengal.