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November 16, 2009

Heavy rain continues to lash Tamil Nadu

     Chennai: Heavy rain continued to lash Chennai, leaving commuters stranded and paralysing normal life, on Monday, and the weatherman predicts no let-up for another day at least. He warned of heavy rain in the city, the capital of Tamil Nadu, and neighbouring tiny federally administered Puducherry. "As far as the forecast for the next 24 hours is concerned, it is likely to rain at most places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. One or two places may experience heavy to very heavy rainfall," said SR Ramanan, Director, Meteorological Department, Chennai. Though the sky seemed clear after a slight shower on Sunday, commuters were stranded due to the sudden downpour. "It has been raining heavily for the past one week. The roads are blocked due to excessive waterlogging. Students are unable to go to schools and colleges. Normal life is affected," said Gopal, a resident. Meanwhile, a flood alert has been issued and people have been asked to be vigilant and move to safer locations here, after the Vaigal dam reached its full level due to continuous rain. The Vaigai flows through five districts. The level of the Vaigai Dam today was 69.19 feet against its full level of 71 feet with an inflow of 4074 cusecs and discharge of 6490 cusecs. "As a precautionary measure, PWD officials let out 4690 cusecs from the reservoir into the river, while 1800 cusecs was released for irrigation in the Periyar main channel," said District Collector N Mathivanan. In addition to that, 60 cusecs is being discharged for supply of drinking water to the District. The level in the Periyar Dam was at 134.50 Ft (Max 136 Ft) with inflow of 3492 cusecs and discharge of 1662 cusecs. Rainfall recorded in the 24 hours ending 0830 hrs in MM. Sothuparai 31,Uthamapalayam and Tekkadi 28 each, Chitampatti 24, Veerapandi and Kalandiri 16 each, Maruthanadhi and Gudalur 14 each, Periyar dam 18.2, Manjalar 17 and Madurai 10, said the officials.
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