Chennai, Tamil Nadu Rains Live News: Tamil Nadu on Saturday reported 1,489 new Covid-19 cases pushing the active infections to 8,340. The state also recorded eight related deaths. According to the data shared by the health department, 611 recoveries were also recorded in Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours. Chennai and neighbouring Chengalpet saw bulk of new cases with 682 and 168 cases respectively, while the rest were spread across other districts. On the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the health bulletin said one individual was confirmed with the strain taking the overall tally in the state to 121.
India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu till Sunday. Met department has also predicted that showers will continue in the state for till Tuesday, January 4.
“On Saturday, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Cuddalore districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal area. Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur, Perambalur and Pudukkottai districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. On Sunday, heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Cuddalore districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal area,” a statement from IMD said. It has also issued forecast “thunderstorm with lightening” at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area till Monday.
Meanwhile, a day after several parts of Chennai experienced over 20 cm rainfall, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said the Meteorological department usually provided information on likelihood of rainfall, but they could not forecast Thursday’s heavy showers. As many as three people died in Chennai as unexpected heavy rains wrecked havoc in the city, causing waterlogging and resulting in long traffic jams.