Heavy rains continue in Tamil Nadu

Several parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry continued to receive rains on Sunday and the Met office warned that more rains are expected in the next 24 hours as the trough of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal moved near Kanyakumari sea. The toll in rain-related incidents since the onset of the north-east monsoon last month rose to 122 today with the death of a 27-year old man here in a building collapse, police said.

“The trough of low pressure has moved westwards near Kanyakumari and coastal districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours”, Director of Regional Meteorological Centre here S R Ramanan said.

For the city and its neighbourhood, the forecast would be cloudy while there may be moderate rainfall in one or two places, he said. Ilumbur in Pudukottai district received heavy rainfall of 9 cm as of 8.30 AM today, he said. Puducherry recorded 7 cm. In Otteri area in the city, a partially demolished building collapsed and fell on an adjacent building, killing a man and injuring a woman, police said.

Schools and colleges are set to reopen tomorrow in three adjoining districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur after remaining closed for nearly ten days in view of the monsoon fury.

However, In Puducherry, where heavy rains continued through the day badly affecting normal life, the government declared a holiday for all schools for tomorrow.