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Heavy rain alert again in Chennai, warning issued for November 18

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The Meteorological Department has warned of very heavy rains for Chennai and its adjoining districts on November 18. The region is still struggling to return to normalcy from two heavy rains a week ago. The city has got respite from rain since Friday, but the southern districts like Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi have been plagued by rain.

Issuing a weather bulletin, the State Meteorological Center (RMC) said, since Monday, a low pressure over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining North Andaman Sea is now persisting over southeast Bay of Bengal. Due to which the cyclone extends up to 5.8 km above mean sea level. “It is very likely to move westwards and reach west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts on November 18,” the bulletin said. Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts for the next 24 hours and very heavy to very heavy rain over these areas in the next 48 hours.

Chief Minister MK Stalin is inspecting the flood affected areas including Kanyakumari. Stalin on Tuesday announced Rs 300 crore to repair the damage to infrastructure in roads and drains due to rains and subsequent floods. Cooperation Minister I Periyasamy also submitted a report to the Chief Minister on the damage caused to crops in the delta districts. Following which Stalin announced a compensation of Rs 20,000 per hectare for completely damaged crops. Life came to a standstill in Chennai and those districts which have been submerged for more than five days due to rain.

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Tamil Nadu receives more rainfall during the North East Monsoon from October to December. This year Chennai and Tamil Nadu state have received more rain. Chennai recorded 210 mm of rain overnight between November 6 and 7. The average rainfall on 12 November was 60.6 mm. Kanyakumari district has recorded maximum rainfall of 83.96 cm from October 1 to November 15, against the average rainfall of 38.99 cm.

Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru has blamed the previous AIADMK government for not doing a satisfactory job in mitigating the floods in the last 10 years. “There are protests against the removal of the encroachment and the previous government did not even do basic work,” Nehru told reporters in Trichy.

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