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Tamil Nadu pounded by heavy rains; toll rises to 55

Last updated on: November 13, 2015 12:48 IST

Seven more persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll to 55 as the North East Monsoon continued to pound several parts of the state disrupting rail and road traffic.  The government had on Thursday put the toll in rain-related incidents at 48, including 27 from Cuddalore district.

A man wades through water even as Chennai continued to receive heavy rains. Photograph: @vasudevan_k/Twitter

Seven more persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll to 55 as the North East Monsoon continued to pound several parts of the state disrupting rail and road traffic.  The government had on Thursday put the toll in rain-related incidents at 48, including 27 from Cuddalore district.

According to an official release, the toll stood at 55, as seven more persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in various parts of the state since Thursday night.

A waterlogged subway after heavy rains in Chennai. Photograph: PTI

Parts of South Chennai including St Thomas Mount and Velacherry witnessed heaving water logging which even resulted in railway under-bridges being flooded.

Schools and colleges in northern districts including Chennai, Vellore, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram remained closed.

Office goers in the capital city had a harrowing time as they had to wade through knee-deep and in some places waist-deep waters.

Trains leaving Chennai were also affected due to water logging in the tracks.

Streets bore a deserted look as cars and vehicular traffic had come to a halt owing to waterlogged streets. Photograph: @Thalapathi_AB/Twitter

Arterial roads including in Anna Salai, Poonamallee High Road and GST Road in the city came under sheets of water hitting vehicular movement, according to authorities.

Rubber road barricades were seen floating and some buses stopped midway due to rising of water levels on the roads. Power supply was disrupted in some areas.

Several lakes in Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram like the sprawling Madurantakam Eri received copious water.

Also, water level in reservoirs that supply drinking water to Chennai -- Red Hills, Cholavaram, Chembarambakkam and Poondi have shown an increase with water supply now available for three months, according to officials.

One Twitter user wrote, "When Chennai resembles Venice." Photograph: @tskrishnan/Twitter

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has condoled the death of the victims, a majority of whom drowned in flood waters, and announced Rs four lakh each to their families of those killed from the Disaster Relief Fund.

Several parts of the state, including Chennai, Cuddalore and Kancheepuram districts were witnessing heavy rains for the last few days. 

A stranded car stuck in water. Photograph: @rangats/Twitter

Though the deep depression had already crossed the Chennai coast on November 9, the weather office said a new trough of low pressure formed over SouthAndamanSea was expected to bring heavy rains in the next few days.

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