Chennai has been covered with rainy clouds for the past few days with the city recording heavy and incessant downpours that, besides causing major disruptions, have claimed lives. As the city is embracing historical spells with more rain on the way, tragic events that occurred in the city have shocked the residents and alarmed the government to address the water-logging and its menace during heavy rains.
According to reports, two people have died in the city due to the recent heavy downpour. 47-year-old Shanthi died after a portion of the wall from the balcony of her house fell on her and the incident occurred at Prakash Rao colony in Pulianthope. Police have launched a probe it was found that she was living in an old house that collapsed due to heavy rains.
In another incident, Devendran, an autorickshaw driver, was electrocuted to death after he came into contact with a live wire in Vyasarpadi. It has been reported that Devendran was under the influence of alcohol and was walking in knee-deep water when he was electrocuted. These shocking incidents have come when the city is expecting more downpours in the coming days.
After a high-level meeting of ministers and officials, Chief Minister MK Stalin said that Tamil Nadu may get 35 to 75 percent more rain. He stated that the storage levels in 43 dams reached 75 to 100 percent of the capacity, while in 17 other dams, the storage level is between 50 to 75 percent. The government has kept the State Disaster Response Force ready to address the challenges owing to heavy rains and to carry out rescue measures.
According to the meteorological department, Chennai recorded the third-highest rainfall in 72 years on Tuesday - November 1. Talking to the reporters, the Regional Meteorological Centre director S Balachandran said that the Nungambakkam observatory in the city recorded eight centimeters of rain during the last 24 hours. He further said that this is the third-highest rainfall recorded in the city in 72 years.
Balachandran stated that Chennai city and other districts like Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Vellore, and Ranipet will receive heavy rains for the next two days due to downward atmospheric circulation prevailing over the northern coast of Sri Lanka and the southern coast of Tamil Nadu.