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Chennai is Wrecked By Rain; Schools and Institutions Have Been Closed For Two Days

Chennai is Wrecked, On Saturday night and Sunday, heavy rain pounded Chennai and its environs, causing catastrophic flooding in the Tamil capital. As of 8.30 a.m. Sunday, the observatory in Nungambakkam, Chennai, and Meenambakkam, the suburbs, had recorded 21.5 cm and 11.3 cm of rain, correspondingly, marking it the highest rain the region has seen since 2015.

The rainfall activity was caused, according to an IMD forecast, by an upper air circulation reaching a height of 3.1km over north Tamil Nadu and the adjacent coastal districts. The state government had announced a two-day break for all schools and colleges in Chennai city and three surrounding districts, citing the IMD forecast of heavy rain for the next 48 hours.

On Sunday, Chief Minister M K Stalin stated that the rain had damaged 12 districts, included Chennai, and how he had asked all ministries and DMK MPs and MLAs to assist with rescue operations. He also stated that the governance system was working extra hard to guarantee that victims were compensated and that as of Sunday afternoon, around 50,000 food packs had been delivered across 44 rehabilitation centers.

By Sunday afternoon, 3 key lakes in the metropolitan area, including the Chembarambakkam lake, had released water as a result of the torrential rainfall. On Sunday, water was released from Poondi and Red Hills dams, among others. Residents along the Adyar River’s banks were warned to be on the lookout.

The state administration has already prepared over 150 rehab programs, dispatched NDRF teams to Madurai and Malda, and announced that over 900 firefighters and rescuers were on standby in case of an emergency. From October 1 to November 7, Chennai and its environs received 48.01 cm of rain, compared to an average of 38.15 cm for the same time.

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