Highlights:

  • The incessant rains across Tamil Nadu claimed the lives of nearly 14 people
  • Flight operations were also hindered as the Chennai airport authorities declared suspension of arrivals
  • Over 100 trees have fallen, creating trouble for daily commutes

On Thursday, the incessant rains across Tamil Nadu claimed the lives of nearly 14 people, reported by a source quoting Kumar Jayanth, principal secretary of the revenue department.

The overnight continuous downpour has resulted in waterlogging in the capital city of Chennai. Flight operations were also hindered as the Chennai airport authorities declared suspension of arrivals from 1315 hrs to 1800 hrs on the grounds of severe rain and heavy crosswinds. The authorities added that the departures will continue as per schedule.

Over 100 trees have fallen, creating trouble for daily commutes. Jayanth informed that almost 13 waterlogged subways will also be cleared. The famous Marina beach, which runs from near the Fort St George area in the north to the Foreshore Estate in the south was flooded owing to the continuous rain.

Special Teams from Pudukkottai Salem, Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur to South Chennai have been hurried to accelerate the relief and rescue operations. According to reports, at least 150 personnel have come to Chennai for rescue operations.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the rain caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal is moving towards Tamil Nadu. It added that it will continue to move west-north-westwards and cross the region between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai by Thursday evening.

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