Tamil Nadu: Heavy Rain Claims 59 Lives, Normal Life Disrupted

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Waterways An NDRF team uses an inflatable boat to rescue people from flood-hit areas in Guwahati

Death toll from rain-related incidents has climbed to 59 as Tamil Nadu continued to experienced heavy rain on Sunday. Even as weatherman forecast more rains for the next 24 hour, there seemed to be no respite from the heavy downpour in the south-Indian state.

As per India Meteorological Department, the well-marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining Sri Lanka persisted and it is likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu coast and would concentrate into a Depression during next 24 hours.

More rains, under its influenced, is expected in the next 24 hours, the Regional Meteorological Department said.

According to RMC official, Anaikaracharthiram (Nagapattinam) received the maximum rainfall of 18 cm recorded till 8:30 am and Sirkali from the same district registered 17 cm. While, Chennai received three cm rainfall between 8:30 am and 11:30 am on Sunday.

RMC Director SR Ramanan said heavy to very heavy rains could be expected in the northern coastal districts of the state in the next 24 hours while there could be rain in the rest of the districts. He added that the seas would be rough, warning fishermen against venturing for fishing. Four persons died due to various rain-related incidents on 13 and 14 November,he said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa condoled the death of the four persons. Three of them died due to drowning in Kancheepuram district while one person in Vellore was killed in wall collapse. Jayalalitha ahs announced a sum of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the victims from the Disaster Relief Fund.

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