Tamil Nadu: Toll crosses 100, Chennai receive fresh rains

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu crossed 100 even as parts of Chennai received fresh rains on Thursday morning with the north east monsoon becoming active.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement that 24 more deaths have been reported in the past few days, taking the death toll in rain-related incidents like drowning and wall-collapse to 111.

The maximum number of casualties have been reported from Cuddalore with 12 deaths – nine in drowning, two in wall collapse and one in lamp post collapse.

Kancheepuram reported six deaths due to drowning while Chennai and Vellore three and two respectively. One person was electrocuted in Kanyakumari, the statement said.

Expressing grief over the deaths, Jayalalithaa announced a relief of Rs four lakh each to the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, after a let-up of two days, Chennai witnessed rains in many parts, including suburban Tambaram and Kundrathur.
The weather office has forecast more rains for the next 24 hours, especially in areas along the Western ghats.

Many parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry received rains, with Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari in the state receiving good spells in the last 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Thursday, the weather office said.
Chennai will be “generally cloudy” and few spells of rain were expected, it said.

In many places in the city, water was yet to completely recede, putting citizens to hardships.