Educational institutions in Tamil Nadu have been directed to be closed today after the weather office warned of heavy rainfall in the overcast southern city. According to a report by the NDTV, it has been pouring cats and dogs in the city most of the night since 8 pm on Monday till just before dawn today.
Incidentally, the met department has warned of heavy rains in Chennai and very heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. Thus, schools and colleges in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Puducherry have also been directed to be closed today. Speaking to media, D Karthikeyan, Chennai Municipal Corporation Commissioner said, "Chennai is ready to face heavy rain. Storm water drains have been cleaned and some 300 chronic water stagnation points have been identified. We have readied 400 suction pumps to remove water during heavy rain."
The met department suggests that heavy rains are the result of the northeast monsoon that had hit the southern coast a few days ago. Incessant rains on Monday also led to heavy traffic snarls in the city, which included the Velachery road, the OMR or the IT corridor.
According to indiatoday, Puducherry and its suburbs were lashed by heavy rainfall early today, resulting in waterlogging in several areas. The low-lying areas were also inundated. According to Dr S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Center told media, "The cyclone formation is in the same place near Sri Lanka. There will be heavy rains in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. The interior districts will experience moderate rainfall."
Meanwhile, the Chennai Corporation has identified about 300 low lying areas that have been prepared to shift people. 175 relief camps have also been set up. Incidentally, following heavy rains, a 38-year-old man died when the wall of his hut collapsed near Orathanadu of Thanjavur.