Tamil Nadu battered by rain, schools shut in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami addresses a press conference after reviewing monsoon preparedness with senior ministers and officials at the Secretariat. Deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan are also seen

Tamil Nadu battered by rain, schools shut in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur

On the Central government's assistance to the State, the Chief Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Chennai early this week, had enquired about the extent of impact of the latest spell of rain and advised the State government to send a detailed proposal, seeking funds.

Ennore near Chennai recorded the highest rainfall of 11 cm in the last 24 hours ending 8.30 AM Monday, the weather office said.

According to ANI, the Indian Meteorological the department has forecast "heavy to very heavy" rainfall in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu due to a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

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About 2cm to 6cm of rains are expected in Chennai on Sunday, according to Met department.

Previously in 2015, Tamil Nadu saw its worse when heavy rainfall, thunderstorms thrashed the state even causing flash floods situation in Chennai with water entering homes converting them into a trail of pools. "Nearby interior district such as Vellore, Villupuram and other coastal district such as cuddalore, Pondy, Karaikkal, Nagai and thiruvarur will also get rain", he posted on Saturday. Inundation was mainly in low-lying areas. "Considering the students' welfare, schools will be closed on Monday". Palaniswami also said that for rain water logging in low line area, former chief minister J Jayalalithaa had released Rs 434 crore for rain water drainage, adding that "Most of it was finished". Chennai's Nungambakkam observatory recorded 6.6 cm of rain between 8.30 am on Sunday and 5.30 am on Monday.

It's helpline 1913 received three complaints on Sunday. Moderate showers are expected in many parts of North coastal TN and Puducherry until Wednesday.

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