Chennai weather forecast: After a brief lull, intermittent rains lashed the city and its suburbs today, while the
weatherman predicted more showers in Tamil Nadu over the next 24 hours due to a twin weather system, including formation of a new trough off Tamil Nadu coast.
Rain-battered Cuddalore is likely to get heavy to very heavy showers, Meteorological department said. The city, meanwhile, is limping back to normalcy with ramped up relief efforts and improved transportation and
“A trough of low pressure has formed and lies over South West bay off Tamil Nadu coast,” a Met official told PTI.
Also, yesterday’s low pressure area over Sri Lanka and adjoining Comorin area off South Tamil Nadu coast has moved westward and now lies over Comorin area and its neighbourhood.
“As a result of the two systems, coastal and interior Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will receive rainfall in the next
24-48 hours and some areas like Cuddalore are likely to see heavy to very heavy showers,” he said.
The city, which has been experiencing intermittent rains, would continue to be cloudy and rain or thundershowers are likely, he added.
As a precautionary measure, the state government has declared holidays for schools and colleges tomorrow in the
districts, including Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur.
With an improvement in the situation, daytime commercial flights from here began with the first Air India flight to
Port Blair taking off this morning.
The state also ramped up its efforts to quicken relief. Ministers inspected distribution of relief in various areas,
including north Chennai. Medical camps were being held across the city and suburbs.
Apart from medical-checkups, ‘Nilavembu Kudineer’, a prophylactic herbal neem drink that controls all types of
fever associated with body ache, is being given to residents.
As part of the overall efforts to improve supplies of essential commodities, 11 state-run mobile fresh farm outlets
began sale of vegetables here.
Chennai Corporation said 24,500 sanitation personnel, including 2,000 personnel from other districts were on the
field to clear garbage and tidy up the city.
Two columns of Army personnel have arrived in Cuddalore for relief work, where about 140 villages have been inundated. Allaying the fears of motorists over scarce availability of petrol and diesel, Indian Oil Corporation today said 81 per cent of its outlets were functioning in the city and suburbs with full stocks.
A big chunk of private and public sector banks today functioned to clear the backlog caused by the rains and to
ensure hassle-free dispensation of cash at ATMs. Southern Railway meanwhile announced cancellation of
three intra-state trains due to “operational” reasons.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, meanwhile, sanctioned Rs 4 lakh solatium to each member of the next of kin of seven
persons, who died in rain-related incidents from December 1-4 in various parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.
To avoid oxygen scarcity, 50,000 litres of medical oxygen has been procured from other states with Health Minister Vijayabaskar inspecting the arrivals, a state government release said.
Recently, 18 persons died in a private hospital after back up generators were inundated, resulting in snapping of
oxygen and ventilator support.
In Cuddalore district, the water level at Veeranam Reservoir, that also supplies drinking water to Chennai
touched 44 feet out of its total capacity of 45 feet. District Collector S Suresh said people living on banks of rivers and canals have been shifted to special camps as water level has been rising in Manimuthar and Pennaiyar rivers.
Supply of milk from state-run Aavin has improved, being increased from 10.2 lakh litres to 10.8 lakh litres today.
The state government today said it has constituted 15 monitoring committees to ensure supply of Aavin milk and milk powder to genuine customers and those living in relief camps.
So far, 453 tonnes of milk powder has been distributed to people in relief camps in Chennai, Cuddalore, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, it said.
Supply of vegetables saw a marked improvement though prices were on the higher side.