Rains lash coastal TN, schools remain shut

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Although the subject for the tour is unknown, people are criticising him severely, especially when he should have been in the state to oversee the functioning of the corporation during crisis.

The minister should have postponed the visit or he should have visited Australia prior to the monsoon, he added.

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Speaking about the monsoon situation in the state, the chief minister said, "We were in a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister and state officials on steps to be taken regarding North east monsoon rain". "The inundation was mainly in low-lying areas", he said.

Since 8.30am on Sunday, Chennai's Nungambakkam observatory has recorded 6.6cm of rain in the last 21 hours, the ToI report says. "The Rs 434-crore storm water drain project [former Chief Minister] J Jayalalithaa had launched is nearing completion". He had said, "It rained in Bengaluru recently, earlier it rained in the United Kingdom and USA and we were told it was flooded everywhere". The coastal pockets of Tamil Nadu received 30 cm of rain, which led to serious waterlogging.

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Owing to the heavy rain on Sunday night and early Monday morning, schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur will remain closed on Monday. According to the further forecast, coastal regions in Tamil Nadu may receive heavy rainfall.

While rainfall continues to lash Tamil Nadu, several areas in the state are facing waterlogging problems, exposing administration's preparedness to deal with the problems.As per sources, interior areas in the states have been badly hit by incessant rains and creating trouble for the people. Some spells are expected to be heavy and very heavy particularly the belt of Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kancheepuram.

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