Chennai, Tamil Nadu Rain Highlights: Heavy rains pounded several regions of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday as the well marked low pressure area over Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression, which is likely to cross the coast by November 11 evening. The weather system is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Karaikal and Sriharikota, close to the north of Puducherry by November 11 evening, a fresh update of the Meterological department said.
Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep S Bedi said on Wednesday that the city should brace for more rain in the coming days. “We’re expecting more than 250 mm of rain in and around Chennai in the next days. We’ve taken lot of steps. We’ve 492 major pumps which are working now,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The intermittent, light to moderate rainfall on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu, picked up pace by the evening. It became almost non-stop and heavy in several regions, particularly the northern districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and nearby Chengelpet, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villupuram.
The death toll due to heavy rainfall in the state stands at 12, said Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran, ANI reported. Thirteen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, including five teams in Chennai, have been deployed in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for rescue and relief operations. Three teams have been kept in reserve position for additional support.
In the wake of the IMD forecast, the Tamil Nadu government has announced holiday for schools and colleges in nine districts — Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Mayiladuthurai — on November 10 and 11.
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