Chennai: With the flood situation in Chennai likely to worsen, Tamil Nadu Prime Minister MK Stalin announced two-day holiday in schools and colleges. The IMD has predicted heavy rain in parts of the state, Puducherry and Karaikkal over next four days. Red alert has been issued for Chennai and two neighbouring districts.
“A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean extending up to 4.5 Km above mean sea level. Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to form over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around 09th November 2021,” the weather department said in its bulletin. This rain is reportedly the heaviest since 2015.
The government has also announced release of water from the reservoirs
Besides the state relief and rescue teams, NDRF teams have also been deployed in Chennai.
Water entered homes in several low-lying parts of Chennai. The Marina beach, usually teeming with people, was inundated with water.
The state government has urged those who travelled out of the city for holidays to avoid returning home immediately.
It also declared a holiday for all government offices and urged private companies to either give an off or allow employees to work from home.
CM MK Stalin took a tour of flooded areas and sent relief material.
PM Narendra Modi talked to Stalin and assured him of all possible help from the Centre. “Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM, Thiru @mkstalin and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre in rescue and relief work. I pray for everyone’s well-being and safety,” Modi tweeted.
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