Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu braced for more showers over the next 24 hours as rain returned on Friday evening after a brief break. Schools will be closed on Saturday and several areas remained waterlogged, adding to fears of a repeat of the 2015 floods. The government maintained there was no reason to panic and Chief Minister E Palaniswami visited various parts of Chennai hit by waterlogging. Flight operations at the city airport were normal, airport officials said.
Edited by Nidhi Sethi | Friday November 03, 2017, Tamil Nadu
Days after the north-east monsoon set in Tamil Nadu, heavy rain in the last few hours have refreshed the not-so-pleasant memories of the 2015 floods that followed the "heaviest rainfall in over a century", leaving its capital Chennai and other parts submerged and an unprecedented trail of destruction and death.
Schools and colleges in Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu will remain closed today after heavy rain was witnessed in the region since last evening. Many IT companies have given the option to its employees to work from home after the government advised them to declare a holiday due to the downpour. The weather office has warned of heavy rain today in coastal Tamil Nadu and intermittent showers in other parts of the state, however, saying that there is no need to panic. Several pockets of the Tamil Nadu capital were water-logged during Thursday evening rush hour.
With the northeast monsoon hitting the southern coast and heavy rain lashing coastal Tamil Nadu, a minister has his state is better at managing the rain as compared to the United States and the United Kingdom.
Barred from putting up banners and hoardings with pictures of living persons, AIADMK workers here have hit on a unique idea to welcome Chief Minister K Palaniswami -- hoist a giant balloon carrying his image.
As heavy rain lashes Tamil Nadu, especially the coastal areas, one rain-related death was reported from Cuddalore district, about 190 km from Chennai. A woman was reportedly killed when a wall of her home collapsed. Overnight rain has badly affected several parts of the city as well as areas outside that have no storm water drains.
Police have arrested a pastor accused of trafficking girls through a Christian-run orphanage that was taken over by authorities two years ago during an investigation into the unregistered children's home.
Well-known Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna and three others - Sofia Ashraf, author Perumal Murugan and Shital Sathay have released a musical video celebrating the right to privacy affirmed by the Supreme Court recently. Called The Privacy Song, the album also challenges the Aadhar card system being increasingly made mandatory for government services.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached over 500 properties, with a market value of about Rs 200 crore, in connection with its money laundering probe in the alleged illegal granite quarrying scam of Madurai in Tamil Nadu.