Rains continued to lash Chennai for the sixth day on Saturday, worsening the water-logging situation in the city and its suburbs. So far eight people have died in rain-related incidents in the state.
Chennai has received 36 cm of rains in the last three days. According to a government release, 105 relief camps have been set up in Chennai alone.
Schools and colleges, again remained shut because of the downpour. Education institutions have been shut in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts since October 31.
The state government had also appealed to private firms to allow their employees to work from home.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerslevam had visited various parts of the city on Friday, including RK Nagar and Perungalathur in the outskirts.
“Low-lying areas with water-logging were identified in the Chennai Corporation (limits) and Kancheepuram district. Workers (here) worked on a war-footing and stagnant water has been removed,” he told reporters.
O Panneerslevam had assured that the government was working on a “war-footing” to drain out water from some areas.
People asked me to devise a permanent solution to the issue of inundation, Palaniswami said.
As part of the government’s resolve to address the issue, a storm water drain system is being constructed for the city’s needs and the work is over on 300 km of the proposed 386 km long system, he added.
The ruling AIADMK government has been facing criticism from the opposition, over handling of the monsoon fury. The Opposition has also questioned the state government’s claim of carrying out de-silting work ahead of monsoon.
Apart from Chennai, Nagapattinam district has also been battered by the rains. Hundreds have been evacuated to safer regions in Tarangambadi and Sirkazhi Taluks.
More than 10,000 fishermen are staying put and not venturing into the sea. Fields of paddy have been submerged.
(With inputs from PTI)