Schools and colleges in Chennai will remain shut today due to warning of heavy rain in the city. Chennai has been receiving heavy rain since Saturday morning and the weather department has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday too.
Several areas are water-logged. Schools and colleges will be also shut today in Tuticorin.
“Due to low atmospheric pressure, there will be heavy and moderate rain in Chennai and widespread rain in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, due to a cyclonic circulation near Comorin on the Indian Ocean,” an India Meteorological Department official said.
The Chennai Corporation has set up a helpline for water-logging and complaints of falling trees.
Residents can dial 04425384520 and 04425384530 or WhatsApp to 9445477205 for any rain-related complaints.
To be prepared for heavy rain, 630 pumps to remove water from low-lying areas and six tree-clearing machines have been kept ready.
“176 relief centres have been set up across Chennai. Boats have also been kept ready at 109 locations to evacuate people if needed,” Chennai Corporation said in a statement.
Apart from this, four community kitchens with ingredients have been set up to prepare food for 1,500 people.