Tamil Nadu rains kill 59, schools and colleges closed


Incessant rains in most parts of coastal Tamil Nadu have had crippling impact on the lives of ordinary people in the state. As many as 59 people are reported to have died so far.

As many as 15 district administrations, including Chennai, have declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.

The weather department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains over Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry till Tuesday.

Anaikaracharthiram (Nagapattinam) received the maximum rainfall of 18 cm recorded till 8:30 am, RMC Director SR Ramanan said, adding, Sirkali from the same district registered 17 cm. Chennai received three cm rainfall between 8:30 am and 11:30 am on Sunday.

According to the department, the low pressure may concentrate into a depression by Monday, while the landfall time can be estimated later on Monday. In many areas, fallen trees disrupted vehicular traffic.

Civic officials pressed into service high-powered pumps to remove water from subways and inundated residential areas. Anna University has postponed all exams slated during November 16-18 due to the rain.

Educational institutions in several other coastal districts including Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore in northern part of the states too would remain closed on Monday in view of the rains, officials said.

In neighbouring Karnataka, rains also washed out the third day’s play of the India-South Africa second Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

The umpires decided that no action was possible for the second day in a row as not a single ball could be bowled in a steady drizzle that continued to pour since it began early on Monday.

Forecast for the fourth day’s action on Tuesday wasn’t encouraging either.

The third day’s play was scheduled to begin 15 minutes earlier at 9.15 a.m. (local time) after the second day’s play was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain.

The play was called off at 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

India, at 80 for no loss, are trailing South Africa by 134 runs at the end of Day one with openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan batting on 28 and 45 respectively.