Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, who today reviewed the state’s monsoon readiness, emphasized the MET department’s prediction of 35 to 75 percent greater rain this season and encouraged district administrations to be ready with relief and emergency operations.
Chennai: In eight districts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Tiruvallur, a rain holiday has been proclaimed because of the heavy rain that has been falling since last night. The delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam have also closed their colleges.
A few days prior, the north east monsoon had begun. In sixteen districts, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected throughout the course of the next four days.
According to Mr. Balachandran, Deputy Director, MET center in Chennai, Chennai’s Nungambakkam received 80.4 MM, the third greatest rain received on the 1st of November in 72 years. Up to 4.5 CM were received in the Nagapattinam district until 5:30 this morning.
Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, who today reviewed monsoon preparedness across the state, emphasized the MET department’s forecast of 35 to 75 percent more rain this season and urged district administrations to be ready with relief and emergency operation plans, including keeping ready hospitals, schools, mobile phone services, and relief centers.
There haven’t been any significant reports of flooding in Chennai to now, but the city did experience catastrophic flooding and water logging during the most recent north-east monsoon.
The ruling DMK then blamed the previous AIADMK government for the issue shortly after assuming office and developed a 964-crore massive plan to create storm water drains to remedy the crisis. The monsoon season is seen as a litmus test for the effectiveness of the civic body’s efforts.
There’s a visible difference in the colony. There is not much water logging anymore thanks to the good work done by the corporation over the previous several months. We hope they’d be able to sustain this, said Vijay Venkatesh, a resident of Seethammal Colony, an inundation hotspot.
The 964 KM long network of storm water drains is either complete or nearly complete, according to the Chennai Corporation, with the exception of long-term projects that have been put on hold due to the monsoon.
Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation, recently stated We have taken numerous measures to lessen flooding because last year was really difficult for us. This time, the water shouldn’t stand still. If there is a lot of rain, there may be water logging, but the water will eventually drain.
Authorities have stated that in locations where construction is still ongoing, they would use pumps to remove water in the event of exceptionally heavy downpours.
Concerns have also been raised concerning sections of unfinished excavation. A young journalist named S Muthukrishnan recently perished after falling into one of these unfinished storm drains.
Senthil Balaji, the electricity minister, stated that the department was prepared the first 1.5 lakh electric poles are completed. We are equipped to handle the upcoming northeast monsoon.