Heavy rains to lash parts of coastal Tamil Nadu in next 48 hours


CHENNAI: As per the regional weather office report on Tuesday, heavy rains are likely to lash parts of coastal districts of Tamil Nadu in the next two days following a trough of low over the Bay of Bengal.

The regional weather office also forecasted the light showers were likely in most of the places in the state and Puducherry. There would be intermittent showers in and around Chennai and the neighbourhood.

“In the last 24 hours ended 8.30 AM today, there were widespread rains in the last 24 hours in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry”, said S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology.

As per the report, the trough of low over Southwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood now runs from Comorin area to southwest Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh coast.

Earlier, the ‘Cyclone Gaja’ had crossed Tamil Nadu coast on November 16 between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam, causing extensive damages to 12 districts.

It’s including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Dindigul and Trichy, Ramanathapuram.

As per the report over 46 deaths reported in Tamil Nadu states after Cyclone Gaja made a landfall, almost 1.7 lakh trees have been uprooted, 735 cattle died, 1.17 lakh houses damaged and 88,102-hectare agricultural land has been affected in coastal districts.

Earlier, the state government had announced a relief fund of Rs. 10 lakh to the kin of the people who lost their lives in the disaster, Rs 1 lakh to those who suffered serious injuries and 25,000 to the people who suffered minor injuries.

On November 19, the Tamil Nadu CM Edapally K Palaniswami had released Rs 1,000 crore towards undertaking relief and restoration works in the cyclone Gaja affected districts

On November 22, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum seeking a central assistance of around Rs 15,000 crore with an immediate relief of Rs 1,500 crore toward the relief and rehabilitation works.

On November 30, the Centre has released an interim relief of Rs 353.70 crore to Tamil Nadu to take up the relief works in the Cyclone Gaja ravaged districts in the state.

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