Get ready Chennai, rain gods could pound you hard from today

And as deaths continue, all areas down the coast from Chennai are on alert owing to the rain forecasts over this week.
Get ready Chennai, rain gods could pound you hard from today
Get ready Chennai, rain gods could pound you hard from today
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Chennai is all again set to experience heavy rains for the next 48 hours, according to the weather reports.

The Met department said that the rains will be there in Chennai till the end of this week. About 40% of the places along the coast are expected to get heavy rains on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

On Monday, Chennai experienced about 30mm of rain and heavy rains are predicted in the coastal areas. A BBC weather report says, “Concerns over potential flooding as up to 500mm of rain may fall in next few days in areas around Chennai.”

The Tamilnaduweather updated on Facebook stating that “this is some serious rains for entire Chennai.”

According to the, heavy rains have been predicted in Chennai and coastal areas of Tamil Nadu for Tuesday. A low pressure area could develop over the region after 24 to 48 hours.

The Chennai Corporation have said that this time they are ready to take required measures to drain all the excess water in the low-lying areas. About 20,000 workers are ready to help in extreme conditions in the city.

However there is still no relief for people living on the south eastern coast. The people have to live in water-logged areas as there is no way to drain out all the water in these areas. Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakam and Neelankarai beaches are already full so the water on the surface cannot percolate.

The people living in the south eastern coast have to live in pools of water till the water seeps in naturally into the soil. “Water can be drained to nearby aquifers in Velachery but in localities along the east coast, water will continue to stagnate even if there are drains because it has gone above the saturation level,” said marine biologist TD Babu to TOI.

For the past two weeks, Corporation has been using earthmovers and putting wet mixes on streets that remain under water. A metro water official told TOI, “East Coast Road has sandy soil which absorbs water so we didn’t think the situation would be like this.”

Meanwhile, more incidents of death due to electrocution was reported. On Monday, a Class XI student and two women died of electrocution is different incidents in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.

A 56-year-old woman Lakshmi from Vyasarpadi died when she was taking her cattle and going to her neighbour house at 4AM for a house-warming ceremony when she stepped onto a power cable on the ground and died on the spot.

Another woman named Mallika from Kancheepuram was electrocuted when she went to buy milk on Monday early morning. A Class XI student also stepped on a high voltage power cable and died. His friend also got injured in the incident. 

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