Rain relents, sun is out

 Chennai: Sun shone bright in this city and neighbouring districts this morning, bringing respite to citizens facing the monsoon fury for the past few days. However, problems of water stagnation continued in some parts of the city and its suburbs such as Pallikaranai.

Sun came out in Chennai and neighbouring districts, raising hopes of stagnant water receding. Special rescue and relief teams have been formed even as dams and reservoirs were being monitored to prevent anti-social elements from creating problems, the government had said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people in rain-battered Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam districts have taken shelter in over 100 relief camps, the government said yesterday.

The State has gauged 174 mm of rainfall between 27 October and 3 November, a government statement said. 

As many as 10,640 residents in low-lying areas have taken shelter in 114 relief centres in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam, the statement said. he incessant downpour has brought the districts to their knees.

Special rescue and relief teams have been formed and dams and reservoirs are being monitored to prevent anti-social elements from creating problems, the statement said. The government has appealed to people not to believe in rumours of any lake or reservoir breach as it was closely monitoring storage levels.

Madurantakam lake in Kanchipuram reached its maximum of 23 feet. As a result additional water was let off.

Flood warning has been issued to 21 villages on the banks of the lake. Earlier, State Minister K P Anbhazhagan inspected the lake along with officials.

In Kanchipuram of the 961 lakes, a total of 117 reached its maximum capacity.

         

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