For the third consecutive days, schools in the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram will remain closed on Thursday owing to heavy rains.
The circulars issued by the collectors of the respective districts come in the wake of the Meteorological Department forecasting heavy rainfall in north coastal Tamil Nadu. IMD has also forecast very heavy rainfall in south coastal Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to the media, Balachandran, Area Cyclone Warning Director said, “The upper air circulation which was lying over Sri Lanka and adjoining Gulf of Mannar yesterday is now lying over Sri Lanka and South West Bay.”
According to the Met Department Ponneri in Tiruvallur district received the highest rainfall, with 10 cm in the last 24 hours.
In Chennai, the Nungambakkam observatory recorded a rainfall of 41.3 mm for 24 hours from Tuesday morning 8:30am to Wednesday morning and Meenambakkam recorded 28.8mm of rainfall.
Schools and colleges have been shut since Monday owing to the heavy rains.
The arrival of the Northeast monsoon last Friday has brought a number of rain related woes – with residents having to deal with water entering their homes, motorists battling waterlogged streets and traffic snarls.
There have been at least six rain related deaths in Chennai alone. On Wednesday, two young girls were killed by electrocution after they stepped on a live wire that had fallen from a junction box in Kodungaiyur in Chennai
With their schools declared closed on Wednesday, Bhavana (10) and Yuvashree (8), who were siblings, were playing on the street on Wednesday morning along with another child. As the street was waterlogged due to heavy rains over the last two days, the children did not see the wires fallen on the road.
Both Bhavana and Yuvashree stepped on the wire and were electrocuted. The two children were rushed to Stanley hospital but were declared brought dead.