A red alert has been issued for Chennai and three adjoining districts after heavy rain led to waterlogging in several areas. Three people died in rain-related electrocutions in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, state minister for revenue and disaster management K. K. S. S. R. Ramachandran said.
All government offices in districts Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, and Chengalpettu will remain closed and only essential services will be allowed.
All schools and colleges in these four districts will remain closed. The four districts are expected to receive heavy to extremely heavy rainfall for the next two days.
As many as three people have died due to electrocution as Tamil Nadu received heavy rainfall causing severe water logging and traffic congestion in multiple locations.
According to reports, rains have stopped in the last few hours in Chennai and neighbouring areas. Moderate rains are still expected due to a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal.
Two locations near the DGP office and Nungambakkam have received more than 20 cm of rainfall, while four places have got over 19 cm of rainfall.
A total of four subways have been closed due to water logging.
Earlier, Tiruvallur collector in a tweet said: “750 cusecs of water released from Redhills tank as a precautionary measure due to continuous rain in the catchment and inflow is around 2000 cusecs. People residing in low lying areas on the banks of the surplus channel to be on alert.”
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin visited the flood control room in the Greater Chennai Corporation office to take stock of the situation.