Tamil Nadu rain claims three lives
The Met Department has predicted that the state will receive heavy rain in the next 48 hours. “Since the trough of low pressure still persists over the Bay of Bengal, heavy rain will occur over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours,” an Met official told Deccan Herald.
He said the southwest monsoon has been vigorous over coastal Andhra Pradesh and active over north Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the interior regions of Karnataka.
Fishermen were warned not to venture into the sea as strong winds with a speed of 45-55 kmph are likely to blow along the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast.
Devala in Nilgiris and Paramathivelur in Namakkal district recorded a maximum of 13 and 8 cm rainfall respectively in the last 24 hours.
Most of the rain-related deaths in the last two days were due to wall collapses and electrocution, police said. More than 100 trees were uprooted in the coastal areas.
One person died due to wall collapse at Tirutani and two others were killed in separate incidents when they came into contact with live wires near the Chennai suburban area.
Many northern districts of the state are reeling under heavy downpour for the last two days where normal life has been thrown out of gear.
Metro officials said reservoirs in the city, including Poondi, Chembarambakkam and Redhills, also received considerable inflow following heavy rain in the catchment areas.
Meanwhile, in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jayalalitha, it was decided to evacuate residents of low-level areas to safer places and take measures to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.