Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu; Areas including Chennai waterlogged, schools to remain closed

Incessant rain lashed in parts of Tamil Nadu, especially the Chennai region and it is likely to continue over the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.  Educational institutions in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalpet districts were shut due to inclement weather in the region. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has called for a holiday for private companies or for employees to be allowed to work from home. As heavy rain hammered in parts of North coastal Tamil Nadu, Government offices in the state were said to be shut.

IMD said that a cyclonic circulation lies over north coastal Tamil Nadu, southeast of the Bay of Bengal and a low-pressure area is likely to form by November 9. Chennai received 21 cm of rain till 8.30 am on November 7and many low-lying areas of the city were flooded. Moreover, in view of heavy rains, vehicular traffic, bus and train services were affected in Chennai and several suburbs in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.

Moreover, IMD said that on November 9, thunderstorms with heavy to very heavy rain are likely to occur at isolated places over Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Tuticorin districts.

Due to inclement weather and incessant rains, the holiday is declared for classes 9 to 12 on November 8 and 9 for all schools in Puducherry and Karaikal regions. The decision was taken as per a circular issued by the Directorate of School Education Higher Secondary Wing. The reopening of schools for classes 1 to 8 scheduled on November 8 has been postponed. The date of reopening will be communicated later, the release read.

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In view of the situation, PM Modi assured all the possible support from the central government’s side in the rescue and relief work.