The Greater Chennai Police Friday announced traffic diversions in the city as seven subways and eight roads in the city remained shut due to heavy waterlogging post incessant rains in the city.
The rains in Tamil Nadu subsided on Friday as the depression over the Bay of Bengal weakened into a “well marked low pressure area”. The weather system had crossed the coast of Tamil Nadu between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Thursday, bringing with it heavy rains and high winds. The red alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now been withdrawn.
On Friday, thunderstorms with heavy rains are likely to be witnessed in parts of the state, including Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Kanyakumari districts. Light to moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over the rest of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area. Schools and colleges remain closed on Friday.
Chennai bore the brunt of the depression, with the rains flooding major roads and neighbourhoods, disrupting power supply to more than 65,000 houses, delaying rail operations, and halting flight arrivals for about six hours Thursday. At least 14 people have died in rain-related incidents across the state over the past 11 days.
The rains over the last two weeks have submerged standing agricultural crop on at least 1.45 lakh acres and horticultural crop on 6,000 acres in the state. Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister M R K Panneerselvam called this a “preliminary estimate”, adding that the actual loss to long-term Samba rice crop, raised on about 44 lakh acres, can be assessed only after the water recedes.
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