Rains claim 12 in TN; 7K in camps

Heavy show­ers ex­pected along coast, but Chen­nai likely to es­cape the worst

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - @ Chen­nai

TWELVE per­sons have died and more than 7,100 peo­ple took refuge in re­lief camps across the state even as the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) ruled out any ma­jor rain­fall ac­tiv­ity over Chen­nai in the next 24 hours.

A top of­fi­cial from the state govern­ment said that of­fi­cially seven peo­ple have been de­clared dead due to the North­east Mon­soon. How­ever, the fig­ures did not take into ac­count the deaths due to elec­tro­cu­tion.

Com­mis­sioner of Rev­enue Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CRA) K Satyagopal told Ex­press these deaths were due to rea­sons like light­ning and wall col­lapse. The CRA said over 7,100 per­sons were be­ing housed in re­lief camps in Chen­nai, Kancheepuram, Tiru­val­lur and Na­ga­p­ati­nam districts and over 87,000 food pack­ets had been given to them.

The state has so far re­cieved 195.9 mm rain­fall, which is an 8 mm deficit. The nor­mal rain­fall should be 212.3 mm.

It is learnt that S Balachan­dran, di­rec­tor, Area Cy­clone Warn­ing Cen­tre, said the low pres­sure area over South­west Bay of Ben­gal off the Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast now lies as a trough of low at mean sea level over South­west Bay of Ben­gal and ad­join­ing West-Cen­tral Bay of Ben­gal off the Tamil Nadu– South Andhra Pradesh coast.

Though heavy rain is ex­pected over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, no ma­jor rain­fall ac­tiv­ity will be seen over Chen­nai for next 24 hours.

ASHWIN PRASATH

The re­flec­tion of San­thome Church in a pud­dle on the road af­ter rains lashed Chen­nai on Saturday |

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