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Holiday declared for schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur as heavy rains continue to lash

Owing to the heavy rain on Sunday night and early Monday morning, schools in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur will remain closed on Monday. This was announced by the Collectors of the respective cities as per a report by B Sivakumari in The Times of India. 

A low pressure build-up in the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Chennai and the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). 

S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Meteorological department, said that low pressure is perfectly placed over southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 5.8 km above mean sea level, reported The New Indian Express.

Since 8.30am on Sunday, Chennai’s Nungambakkam observatory has recorded 6.6cm of rain in the last 21 hours, the ToI report says. 

“It has been raining continuously in Chennai due to the northeast monsoon. The IMD has forecast that rain will continue in Chennai throughout the day on Monday. Considering the students’ welfare, schools will be closed in Chennai district on Monday,” said Chennai district collector V Anbuselvan. 

About 2cm to 6cm of rains are expected in Chennai on Sunday, according to Met department. Most parts of north coastal Tamil Nadu and some parts of south coastal Tamil Nadu would be getting rainfall on Sunday, said MeT. It is also predicted that there would be isolated rainfall in the interior districts of the state, the NIE report states. 

According to weather blogger Pradeep John, rains would continue till Wednesday. “The rains will start on Saturday night and will extend till Wednesday with breaks. Some spells are expected to be heavy and very heavy particularly the belt of Tiruvallur, Chennai and Kancheepuram. Nearby interior district such as Vellore, Villupuram and other coastal district such as cuddalore, Pondy, Karaikkal, Nagai and thiruvarur will also get rain,” he posted on Saturday.

Schools in Chennai and a few other coastal districts of Tamil Nadu which had been given a week’s holidays had reopened last Tuesday.

Source: The News Minute