Death toll from downpour rises to 184 in Tamil Nadu as state braces itself for more rains

Chennai: A new low pressure over south east Bay of Bengal was expected to bring more rains to Tamil Nadu, where eight more persons were killed in rain-related incidents taking the death toll 184.

Rains continued to lash many parts of the state including Chennai and its suburbs.

 Death toll from downpour rises to 184 in Tamil Nadu as state braces itself for more rains

Rains in Chennai. PTI

"Due to the low pressure, rains are expected over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday," Regional Meteorological Department Director SR Ramanan told reporters in Chennai.

He said heavy rains could be expected in the coastal districts of the state on Sunday and Monday, even as Tamil Nadu was recovering from the monsoon fury it had been facing in the past few days resulting in loss of life and property besides extensive damage to crops.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in a statement on Friday that eight more persons had perished in various rain-related incidents between 18 and 25 November, with the toll going up to 184.

She announced a relief of Rs four lakh each to the families of the victims.

Kelambakkam (Kancheepuram) and Kodavasal (Tiruvarur) received the maximum of 4 cm and 3 cm, respectively.

The state on the whole has already received rainfall of 483.6 mm. That is higher than the 440.40 mm which the state receives in the entire north-east monsoon season, which ends in December.

Jayalalithaa has said her government had taken adequate precautionary measures which helped in minimising the loss of property and life. She has already allocated a Rs 500-crore relief package to handle the situation.

"However, the trail of damage and destruction caused by the extremely heavy rainfall indicates a requirement of much higher expenditure.

"Further, the extent of damage is still unfolding and we have many weeks left in the north-east monsoon period during which more weather systems are expected," she said on Thursday and recalled that she had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an immediate release of Rs 2,000 crore.

Modi had on 23 November instructed the immediate release of financial assistance of Rs 939.63 crore to deal with the flood situation in Tamil Nadu.

PTI

Updated Date: Nov 27, 2015 13:45:48 IST