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Chennai gets respite from heavy rains

The death toll in rain related incidents has gone up to 65. Share your experience

india Updated: Oct 28, 2005 11:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

After being battered by heavy rains on Thursday, Chennai city had some respite from the rains on Friday, following bright sunshine this morning.

The weather office said the deep depression, which lay centred 150 km northeast of Chennai, was moving in a northwesterly direction and was likely to cross between Nellore and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.

The rainfall would reduce in Tamil Nadu and Chennai might face a few spells when the depression crosses the coast, the met office said.

Chennai experienced 42 cm of rain in 40 hours between Wednesday and midnight last.

Meanwhile, the death toll in rain related incidents has gone up to 65, with one more death reported due to electrocution in the city.

The city is limping back to normal, with buses, most of which were off the roads, starting to ply. In most places, police and corporation authorities have drained the water. Over 50,000 persons have been evacuated from low lying areas, housed in corporation schools and provided one lakh food packets.

The Government has declared a holiday for all educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts for Friday.

Normalcy at airport

After delays and diversion of some flightson Thursdaydue to heavy rains, the situationon Fridayat the city airport was 'completely normal' and all flights operated on schedule, the Airports Authority of India General Manager (Operations) S Subramaniam, said.

First Published: Oct 28, 2005 10:29 IST