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Rain lashes Tamil Nadu; schools, colleges closed

 

Schools and colleges closed in several districts; Three trains cancelled, while many others have been partially cancelled, diverted or delayed.

Heavy rain brought life to a grinding halt across Tamil Nadu on Friday and a day’s holiday was announced for schools and colleges in Tirunelveli, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore districts and holiday for only schools in Kanyakumari district. Anna University and University of Madras affiliated colleges have postponed their examinations.

“The examinations scheduled for Anna University affiliated colleges on November 12, 13 and 14 are rescheduled to December 21, 22 and 24 respectively,” said S. Ganesan, Registrar, Anna University.

“All examinations scheduled today in Madras University have been cancelled due to rain. New dates will be announced later,” said R.Thandavan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras.

Seven more persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll to 55 as the North East Monsoon continued to pound several parts of the State.

The government had on Thursday put the toll in rain-related incidents at 48, including 27 from Cuddalore district.

According to an official release on Thursday, the toll stood at 55, as seven more persons lost their lives in incidents in various parts of the State since on Thursday night.

Chennai marooned

Many parts of Chennai were marooned after a torrential downpour on Thursday night.

Puzhal recorded the highest volume of 21 cm of rainfall on Friday. The weather stations in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recoded 15 cm and 12 cm respectively following a thunderstorm.

Several other weather stations, including the ones in Taramani and Kolapakkam received up to 13 cm of rainfall. The city reservoirs, which received between 8 cm and 21 cm of rain, are rapidly getting filled up with copious inflows from the catchment areas.Chembarambakkam already has a storage of one-third of its capacity.

The relentless rain since Thursday night affected normal life in the city, with people negotiating flooded roads. Residents of several areas, including Ambattur, Avadi, Thirumullaivoyal and Mudichur, were confined to their homes in knee-deep water.

Chennai may continue to receive moderate to heavy rainfall under the influence of two weather systems.

According to an IMD bulletin, the trough of low at mean sea over the South Andaman Sea and neighbourhood now lies over the South Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal. It is likely to develop into a low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood in the next two days.

Parts of South Chennai including St Thomas Mount and Velacherry witnessed heavy water logging which even resulted in railway under-bridges being flooded.

Train services affected

Due to the heavy rain, Southern Railways has announced fully/partial cancellation of several trains while diverting or rescheduling several others.

Trains fully cancelled

According to a Southern Railways press release the Chennai Central–Vijayawada Jan Shadabdi express (Train No. 12077), Vijayawada-Chennai Central Jan Shadabdi express (Train No.12078) and the Bangalore–Chennai Central Brindavan express (Train No.12640) have been fully cancelled.

Trains partially cancelled

1. Train No. 12609 Chennai Central-Bangalore express will be partially cancelled between Chennai Central and Tiruvallur.

2. Train No. 12610 Bangalore-Chennai Central express will be partially cancelled between Tiruvallur and Chennai Central.

3. Train No. 16204 Tirupati-Chennai Central express partially cancelled between Tiruvallur and Chennai Central.

4. Train No. 16203 Chennai Central-Tirupati express partially cancelled between Chennai Central and Tiruvallur.

5. Train No. 12711 Vijayawada-Chennai Central Pinakini express partially cancelled between Sullurupetta and Chennai Central.

6. Train No. 12712 Chennai Central-Vijayawada Pinakini express partially cancelled between Chennai Central and Sullurupetta.

7. Train No. 16054 Tirupati – Chennai Central express partially cancelled between Tiruvallur and Chennai Central.

8. Train No. 16053 Chennai Central – Tirupati express partially cancelled between Chennai Central-Tiruvallur.

Trains rescheduled

1. Train No. 02842 Chennai Central-Santragachi weekly express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.55 a.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 2 p.m.

2. Train No. 12685 Chennai Central-Mangalore express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 5 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9 p.m.

3. Train No. 12623 Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.45 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.45 p.m.

4. Train No. 12615 Chennai Central-New Delhi G.T. Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.15 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9.30 p.m.

5. Train No. 12621 Chennai Central-New Delhi Tamil Nadu Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 10 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 11 p.m.

6. Train No. 22639 Chennai Central-Alleppey Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.45 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 10.45 p.m.

7. Train No. 16021 Chennai Central-Bangalore express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 10.30 p.m.

8. Train No. 12679 Chennai Central-Coimbatore Intercity express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 2.30 p.m. has been rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 3.45 p.m.

9. Train No. 12842 Chennai Central-Howrah Coromandal express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.45 a.m. is rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 12.30 p.m.

10. Train No. 12656 Chennai Central-Ahmedabad Navjivan express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9.35 a.m. is rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 1 p.m.

11. Train No. 12676 Coimbatore-Chennai Central Kovai express scheduled to leave Coimbatore at 2.55 p.m. is rescheduled to leave Coimbatore at 4.15 p.m.

12. Train No. 12244 Coimbatore-Chennai Central Shatabdi express scheduled to leave Coimbatore at 3.20 p.m. is rescheduled to leave Coimbatore at 6.30 p.m.

Trains diverted

1. Train No. 12552 Kamakya-Yesvantpur express will be diverted via. Korukkupet, Vyasarpadi and Perambur.

2. Train No. 12295 Bangalore City-Patna Sangamithra express will be diverted via. Perambur, Vyasarpadi and Korukkupet.

3. Train No.12296 Patna-Bangalore express will be diverted via. Gudur, Renigunta, Melpakkam.(will not touch Chennai Central).

4. Train No. 12516 Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram Central express will be diverted via. Korukkupet, Vyasarpadi and Perambur (will not touch Chennai Central).

5. Train No.22641 Thiruvananthapuram-Shalimar express will be diverted via. Perambur, Vyasarpadi and Korukkupet (will not touch Chennai Central)

(With PTI inputs)

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