Heavy rain in TN claims 34 lives

Expressing deep grief at the loss of lives, Jayalalitha directed that the cash relief to the suffering families be paid out of the National Disaster Relief Fund immediately.

Hectic schedule
 It was a hectic schedule for her as Jayalalitha in between at 3 pm was at Raj Bhavan, where the K Rosiah administered the oath of office and secrecy to the six new Ministers ‘Amma’ inducted into her Cabinet on Saturday evening after dropping six others.

The new AIADMK Ministers sworn in on Sunday included S Damodaran , R Kamaraj, V Murthy, M Paranjothi, Dr S Sundara Raj and K T Rajendhra Balaji.

  A large media contingent, hoping for a brief interaction with Jayalalitha after the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, were disappointed as she quickly left the venue, waving to one and all.

 Hearing about the tragic death of a 24-year-old school teacher Sarala, who was found dead in an overflowing yet-to-be-completed storm water drain in the City’s T Nagar area on Saturday, Jayalalitha said she was deeply pained by this tragic incident in the wake of the Monsoon rains.

 Jayalalitha immediately ordered an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs to the family of the deceased.
She also directed the Chennai Corporation Officials to place protective wooden planks near storm water drains were work was still going on and put up cautionary placards in all those places to avert such road-side tragedies in future.

Low pressure area
The Regional Meteorological office here, meanwhile, said the low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has somewhat weakened, while the other one over the Arabian Sea remained stationery.

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