Heavy Rain Claims At Least 55 Lives In Tamil Nadu

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HEAVYRAINHeavy rain across Tamil Nadu reportedly killed at least 55 following which government has announced holidays for schools and colleges in seven districts of the state. MET department has also forecast heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next 24 hours.

Earlier, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa announced that twenty-seven people have lost their lives in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district in the last two days due to floods following incessant rain.

As per the statement, Jayalalithaa said 27 people lost their lives due to floods in Cuddalore district, around 230 km from here. She said relief efforts were on in full swing.

It added that a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of each of the deceased was handed out today. However, there was no official figure as to the total number of people who lost their lives due to rains in the state in the last two days.

According to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Cuddalore district received 500 mm rain till date this year against a normal rainfall of 697 mm during the northeast monsoon between October-December resulting in heavy floods.

The state government, meanwhile, is trying to restore electricity supply to villages in Cuddalore district through diesel-run generators as power supply was disrupted by heavy rain. The state government has also deployed personnel from other districts to help resumption of power supply.

The government, according to the statement, was ensuring safe drinking water supply through tankers in the flooded areas.

35 health camps have been set up in the district and the affected people administered injections and tablets to prevent spread of water-borne diseases, according to the Cuddalore administration. Food packets are being distributed to the relief camps.

Tirunelveli, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore districts have announced a day’s holiday for schools and colleges, while Kanyakumari’s District Collector has announced a holiday for schools. Anna University and University of Madras affiliated colleges have postponed their examinations.

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