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Jayalaithaa urges Centre for help

Torrential rains that has claimed 169 lives in Tamil Nadu is believed to worst in a decade.

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Nov 23 2015 2:53PM | Updated Date: Nov 23 2015 3:04PM

 Several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry  are still receiving heavy rainfalls thereby bring life in the state to standstill. Schools and colleges will remain shut on Monday as there has been a forecast of a heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.



The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jaylalitha, has urged the central government to sanction 2000 crore as there has been a loss of Rs. 8481 crore to state by the deluge that has ravaged the state, claiming 169 lives since October 1.



"The rainfall was extremely heavy and lasted for several days. Despite all the efforts taken by the state government, it has left a trail of damage and destruction," Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Modi



The Metrological Department (Met) has said that there are possibilities of heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry till Tuesday, following a trough of low pressure near Comoron.


Heavy rains in Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallar districts have been affected by severe rainfall since last Monday leading to all- time crisis like situation which prompted Army, Airforce, Naval Personnel to undertake major rescue operations to evacuate stranded people.


However, the state government has drawn flak over state of unpreparedness exposed in the wake of deluge; moreover, the state government’s flaw in its urban planning, housing ,real estate policy and water management has also been called into question by opposition parties.


Torrential rains that have pounded the southern state is believed to be heaviest in a decade is caused by the northeast monsoon, a rain bearing system mainly affecting Tamil Nadu,Kerala, parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.