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Chennai Rains Live: Tamil Nadu logs nearly 1,500 new Covid cases, 8 deaths; IMD forecasts heavy rainfall till Sunday

🔴 Chennai, Tamil Nadu Omicron Coronavirus Cases Live Updates, Chennai Omicron Covid-19 Cases Today News Live, 1 January: 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.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: January 1, 2022 10:36:50 pm
Fallen tree trunks being cleared off the road in Chennai. (Twitter/ChennaiCorporation)

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.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Rains: 3 killed in rain-related incidents. Follow this space for latest updates.

22:36 (IST)01 Jan 2022
TN Assembly to meet again at 'Kalaivanar Arangam'

Tamil Nadu Assembly would meet at the 'Kalaivanar Arangam' in Chennai on January 5 instead of the Assembly chamber in the Secretariat at Fort St George, the government said on Saturday.

The change of venue, apparently in the wake of fresh curbs to tackle COVID-19 and its Omicron strain, was notified by Secretary of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat, K Srinivasan. Authorities had last month said that the first session for 2022 would begin on January 5 with the customary Governor's Address at the Assembly chamber in the Secretariat.

It was in March 2020, when the AIADMK was in power, that the Assembly proceedings were last held in the British era Fort St George. In view of the outbreak of coronavirus, the Assembly proceedings were subsequently shifted to 'Kalaivanar Arangam', a spacious state government auditorium here. (PTI) 

20:13 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu reports 1,489 new cases, 611 recoveries, and 8 deaths today. Active cases 8,340

Tamil Nadu reports 1,489 new cases, 611 recoveries, and 8 deaths today. Active cases 8,340.

18:59 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Weather forecast for Tamil Nadu for next five days

India Meteorological Department has issued the weather forecast for Tamil Nadu for next five days.

18:05 (IST)01 Jan 2022
IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu till Sunday

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.

17:49 (IST)01 Jan 2022
4 workers killed in mishap at TN fireworks unit

Four workers were killed and eight others injured in an explosion at a fireworks unit on Saturday at a village near here, police said. The accident occurred soon after workers reported for work at the firecrackers manufacturing unit and it is yet to be ascertained if the blast and resultant blaze was due to inappropriate handling of chemical compounds or not.

Quoting a complaint from a village official and preliminary probe, police said according to a version, explosion occurred as soon as the door of a chemical storage facility was opened. However, there is also a claim that it could be only due to improper mixing of explosives.

As all the four men who were assigned to work at the specific work place, a small building that witnessed the explosion were dead, enquiries with those injured and completion of probe would help piece together the sequence of events and establish the cause, a local police official, who is part of the investigation team, said. (PTI)

15:44 (IST)01 Jan 2022
TN CM seeks people's cooperation to contain Omicron, to roll-out vaccine for 15 - 18 yr soon

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday sought people's cooperation to entirely eliminate the pandemic and informed that his government will soon roll-out a Covid-19 vaccination drive targetting the 15 - 18 years age group.

Utilising the New Year's day to make a fervent appeal to the people of the State to resort to Covid appropriate behaviour and strictly adhere to the government instructions besides follow SOPs on preventing Coronavirus and its variants, the Chief Minister said his government's efforts were all oriented towards ensuring a safe and healthy life for the people. (PTI)

14:32 (IST)01 Jan 2022
TN asks Centre to upgrade IMD's technology, says it could not give timely forecast

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday urged the union government to upgrade technology and enhance capacity of the Regional Meteorological Centre here to ensure timely weather forecast, saying it is unable to predict 'red alert situation' in advance which hindered preparatory action by the state.

Pointing to the surprise heavy rainfall here on December 30, Stalin, in a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah quoted extensively from India Meteorological Department-Regional Meteorological Centre's bulletins of that day.

By the time an 'orange alert' was issued at 4.15 pm that day, there was heavy downpour already in Chennai and 3 nearby districts, which led to inundation of many places and total disruption of traffic, he said. (PTI)

13:13 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Tamil Nadu imposes fresh curbs to contain Covid-19 spread

With Tamil Nadu witnessing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the state government on Friday imposed a number of restrictions, including putting a cap on attendees of marriage and death-related events and halving the number of customers in different types of commercial establishments.

Tamil Nadu reported 1,155 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, up from the 890 a day before. (Read more)

11:24 (IST)01 Jan 2022
Met dept could not predict surprise rainfall, says TN CM Stalin

A day after several parts of Chennai experienced over 20 cm rainfall, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said the Meteorological department usually provided information on likelihood of rainfall, but they could not forecast Thursday's heavy showers.

After inspecting initiatives to drain rain water from several flooded localities using heavy duty motors, Stalin accused the previous AIADMK regime of not taking appropriate steps to strengthen infrastructure and prevent water-logging. Expressing confidence that water logging issues would be addressed before the next rainy season, the CM said IMD usually provided information (to government) on likelihood of rainfall. They, however, could not forecast the heavy rainfall on December 30 in Chennai and it was unexpected, he told reporters.

To a question on surprise rains and whether there are any issues in providing weather forecast and if the state government would submit a representation to the Centre to change equipment at the IMD regional centre here, he said it is the job of the union government. "However, since you have raised the matter, the Tamil Nadu government will remind the Centre about this." (PTI)

19:28 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Heavy rains likely to continue in Tamil Nadu for the next two days

With heavy rains continuing to lash Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday said heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue in parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal for the next two days. A red alert has been issued in Nagapattinam and an orange alert in Chennai, Tiruvallur and the rest of the coastal districts.

Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre N Puviarasan said the presence of a cyclonic circulation is causing the heavy rains. “The pattern of cyclonic circulation is persisting at 5.8 km height and is still close to the coast, moving slightly in the east-west direction. Due to this, coastal Tamil Nadu will get widespread rainfall,” he told ANI.

“Some districts, including Chennai, will get heavy to very heavy rainfall. We’ve issued a red alert for Nagapattinam and the rest of the coastal districts, including Tiruvallur, Chennai, are in the orange category for the next two days,” he said. Read more

19:01 (IST)31 Dec 2021
DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran slams Centre over delay in repair work on Chennai radars

DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran Friday hit out at the Centre over the delay in carrying out repair work on Chennai radars, saying that the delay by the Union government is solely responsible for putting the city in a situation where technology isn't sufficient to support the people in times of need.

In a series of tweets, Maran said that the Union government has also not released funds requested by the atate government for repair and restoration works despite several reminders.

He further urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take notice of the situation, ensure the radars are fixed immediately and the relief funds are disbursed at the earliest. 

16:56 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Red alert for Nagapattinam, orange for Chennai

Some districts including Chennai will get heavy to very heavy rainfall. We've issued a red alert for Nagapattinam and the rest of the coastal districts including Tiruvallur and Chennai are in the orange category for the next 2 days, said Puviarasan, Director, MET Department, Chennai.

16:50 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Coastal Tamil Nadu to get widespread rainfall: MET Department

The pattern of cyclonic circulation is persisting at 5.8 km of height and is still close to the coast, moving a slightly in the east-west direction. Due to this, coastal Tamil Nadu will get widespread rainfall, said Puviarasan, Director, MET Department, Chennai.

14:52 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Weather forecast for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for next five days

Here's the weather forecast for the next five days, as issued by the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai.


Dec 31
Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and at a few places over interior districts of Tamil Nadu. Extremely heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over Nagapattinam district. Heavy to very heavy is likely to occur at one or two places
over delta districts, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur districts of Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal area.

Jan 1
Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and at a few places over interior districts of Tamil Nadu. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at one or two places over delta districts, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur districts of Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal area.

Jan 2
Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over coastal Tamil Nadu districts and at one or two places over interior Tamil Nadu districts.

Jan 3
Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over south Tamil Nadu districts and at one or two places over rest Tamil Nadu districts.

Jan 4
Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at one or two places over Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area. 

14:42 (IST)31 Dec 2021
CM Stalin inspects efforts to ease waterlogging
12:37 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Chennai likely to see rain for the next five days

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai said that coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is likely to see moderate rain for the next five days.

Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at most places over Coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and at a few places over interior districts of Tamil Nadu, it said.

11:59 (IST)31 Dec 2021
In photos: Chennai wakes up to waterlogged streets
11:02 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Over 200mm rain recorded in 24 hours

Parts of Chennai saw over 200 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, according to IMD data.

In a release, the India Meteorological Department said parts of northern Chennai, MGR Nagar and Ambathur recorded 200 mm rainfall in between 8.30 am on Dec 30 and Dec 31. The DGP Office rain gauge recorded the maximum of 240 mm rainfall.

09:30 (IST)31 Dec 2021
Water logging being addressed, says Corporation

Addressing the waterlogging complaints raised by citizens, the Chennai Corporation said that more than 150 pumps have been installed to bring the situation back to normal. 

09:27 (IST)31 Dec 2021
In photos: CM Stalin inspects damage

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, along with other lawmakers, inspected the flood damage in the city due to heavy rains and the precautionary work being carried out at the Chennai Ribbon House, Metropolitan Chennai Corporation Head Office, according to an update shared by the CM's office on Twitter.

According to India Meterological Department, the highest rainfall of 17.65 cm was recorded in MRC Nagar in Chennai. It was 14.65 cm and 10 cm at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam respectively. In other areas, including those falling under neighbouring Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, the showers ranged from 1 cm (Madhavaram) to 10 cm (Nandanam). The rainfall data was recorded between 8.30 am and 6.15 pm today.

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