Chennai: Schools and colleges in Chennai, that remained closed for almost a month due to devastating rain and flooding in the city, have reopened today.
The holidays were repeatedly extended as precautionary measure following incessant rain and two spells of floods.
To compensate for the loss of working days, many schools are planning to extend timings and run classes on Saturdays.
"Extra classes will help cover syllabus for exams that had to be postponed. But we will make sure we don't pressure the students," said Principal of Akshayah Global School in Velachery, one of the worst-hit areas.
"I'm happy to be back. It was getting very boring," said Aditya, a student of the school.
While most schools began functioning from today, 29 institutions that were damaged in the flooding will reopen later.
The government has said it will distribute free books and notebooks and uniform to students.
Since October 1, over 350 people have died and 17.64 lakh people have become homeless as the worst rain in nearly a century battered Tamil Nadu.