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NDRF teams deployed in Chennai, engulfed by the rain of calamity; PM Modi said – will give every help

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The continuing rain since Saturday remains a disaster for Chennai. Due to continuous 244 hours of torrential rains, several districts were flooded on Sunday and the sluice gates of three reservoirs of the city had to be opened to drain out the excess water. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the Tamil Nadu CM and assured him of help. At the same time, NDRF has already deployed four of its teams on the request of the Tamil Nadu government. While one team each of NDRF is deployed in Tiruvalluvar and Chengalpattu districts, the remaining two teams are carrying out rescue work in Mudrai.

PM Modi spoke to CM Stalin

Assuring the Centre’s assistance to the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and discussed the situation arising out of excessive rainfall in some parts of the state. Assured all possible help from the Center in relief and rescue work. I wish everyone well and safety.”

Chief Minister visited many areas

Chief Minister Stalin along with top officials including Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu visited several submerged areas and directed officials to take prompt action to drain the flood waters. Stalin along with cabinet colleagues distributed flood aid materials including rice, milk and blankets to the people of the affected areas in temporary camps here. He directed the officials to expedite the relief and rescue work.

School colleges closed in many districts

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The government declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts on November 8 and 9. Stalin said districts like Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Tiruvarur, Villupuram, Erode, Karur, Cuddalore, Pudukottai, Perambalur received over 60 per cent of the normal rainfall (during the season). The Meteorological Department said that a cyclonic circulation is persisting over North Coastal Tamil Nadu, South-East Bay of Bengal and a low pressure area is likely to develop by November 9.

Heavy rain forecast for three days

The agency has forecast widespread rainfall in the state for at least the next three days. Since Saturday morning, intermittent rains lashed Chennai and several suburbs of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts and started raining continuously since last night. By late Sunday night, the rain stopped in most areas here and in the adjoining districts. Traffic, bus and train services were affected here in view of the heavy rains.

Worst disaster since 2015

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have received about 43 per cent more rainfall since the onset of the North-East Monsoon in October, a Meteorological Department official said. Chennai and suburban areas of Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts have been receiving torrential rains since Saturday morning. It rained all night and continued till Sunday morning. This is the most torrential rain in recent years. Deputy Director of Meteorological Department S Balachandran said that till now the highest rainfall of 45 cm was received in 1976. After that in 1985, Chennai received 23 and 33 cm of rain on two different days. Six years ago in 2015, the city had received 25 cm of rain and at present the city has received almost the same amount of rain.

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