Met dept could not predict surprise rainfall says TN CM Stalin \
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Met dept could not predict surprise rainfall says TN CM Stalin

31-Dec-2021
Chennai Dec 31 PTI A day after several parts of Chennai experienced over 20 cm rainfall Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said the Meteorological department usually provided information on likelihood of rainfall but they could not forecast Thursdays heavy showers After inspecting initiatives to drain rain water from several flooded localities using heavy duty motors Stalin accused the previous AIADMK regime of not taking appropriate steps to strengthen infrastructure and prevent water-logging Expressing confidence that water logging issues would be addressed before the next rainy season the CM said IMD usually provided information to government on likelihood of rainfall They however could not forecast the heavy rainfall on December 30 in Chennai and it was unexpected he told reporters To a question on surprise rains and whether there are any issues in providing weather forecast and if the state government would submit a representation to the Centre to change equipment at the IMD regional centre here he said it is the job of the union government However since you have raised the matter the Tamil Nadu government will remind the Centre about this On Thursday several areas of Chennai experienced more than 20 CM rainfall he said Asked on the CMs comment an IMD Chennai official told PTI that considering several technicalities and practical difficulties it is not always possible to provide 100 per cent error free forecast A weather forecast by the IMD issued 1230 hours on December 30 had said Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over coastal Tamil Nadu Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over Villupuram Cuddalore and Delta districts Puducherry and Karaikal Light rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Interior Tamil Nadu districts For the second consecutive day people here battled inundation and stench as rain water mixed with sewage in a number of areas As rainfall continued here and in several suburbs traffic congestion was also witnessed PTI VGN BN BN
31-Dec-2021 National
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Heavy showers pound Chennai 3 dead in rain related incidents \
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Heavy showers pound Chennai 3 dead in rain related incidents

31-Dec-2021
Chennai Dec 30 PTI Heavy to very heavy rains pounded Chennai and the suburbs on Thursday inundating roads and subways and three persons were killed in rain-related incidents hereThree persons two women and a boy died of electrocution here Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management KKSSR Ramachandran saidIt was a repeat of scenes witnessed here last month as motorists struggled to manoeuvre their vehicles on flooded roads and subways while showers led to traffic congestion in the city and suburbsThe intense spell may turn out to be one of the heaviest witnessed in recent years while police said three subways were closed and in view of inundation and traffic moved at a snails pace in at least 14 arterial city thoroughfaresGreater Chennai Corporation said that over 145 pumps were used to de-clog inundated locationsMetrorail authorities said services were extended by an hour from 11 PM onwards in view of rains so as to help passengers reach their destinations safelyStarting from noon most areas in the city and suburbs began receiving rainfall and it was heavy to very heavy in several locationsAccording to India Meterological Department IMD the highest rainfall of 1765 CM was recorded in MRC Nagar here It was 1465 CM and 10 CM at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam respectivelyIn other areas including those falling under neighbouring Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts the showers ranged from 1 CM Madhavaram to 10 CM Nandanam The rainfall data was recorded between 830 AM and 615 PM todayIsolated heavy to very rainfall activity is likely to continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh during next three days and decrease thereafter the IMD saidWeather enthusiasts made claims in the social media vis-a-vis the intensity of rains and on showers beating previous recordsOne such claim said Thursdays rains in Chennai was the heaviest for a single day in the month of December after 2015IMD officials here however did not confirm such claimsOfficials said a conclusion could be arrived at only after looking into actual rainfall for the 24-hour period and following a scrutiny of previous dataEnthusiast Pradeep John Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted Mylapore crosses 200 mm One of the craziest spells of lifetime Chennai City Nungambakkam beats 2015 annual rainfall In another tweet he said2015 annual rainfall is overtaken by 2021 is the 3rd wettest year of all time behind 2005 1996 He had also given data for Chennai city Nungambakkam to support his claimTamil Nadu witnessed heavy rainfall during the north east monsoon October-December monsoon and according to the weather office presence of convective cells led to rainfallA weather forecast by the IMD issued 1230 hours on December 30 had said Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over coastal Tamil Nadu Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over Villupuram Cuddalore and Delta districts Puducherry and Karaikal Light rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Interior Tamil Nadu districts PTI VGN ROH ROH
31-Dec-2021 National
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Heavy rains pound Chennai roads inundated \
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Heavy rains pound Chennai roads inundated

30-Dec-2021
Chennai Dec 30 PTI Heavy to very heavy rains pounded Chennai and the suburbs on Thursday inundating roads and subways and the intense spell may turn out to be one of the heaviest witnessed in recent years It was a repeat of scenes witnessed here last month as motorists struggled to manoeuvre their vehicles on flooded roads and subways while showers led to traffic congestion as well in many areas Starting from noon most areas in the city and suburbs began receiving rainfall and it was heavy to very heavy in several locations According to India Meterological Department IMD the highest rainfall of 1765 CM was recorded in MRC Nagar here It was 1465 CM and 10 CM at Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam respectively In other areas including those falling under neighbouring Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts the showers ranged from 1 CM Madhavaram to 10 CM Nandanam The rainfall data was recorded between 830 AM and 615 PM today Isolated heavy to very rainfall activity is likely to continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh during next three days and decrease thereafter the IMD said Weather enthusiasts made claims in the social media vis-a-vis the intensity of rains and on showers beating previous records One such claim said Thursdays rains in Chennai was the heaviest for a single day in the month of December after 2015 IMD officials here however did not confirm such claims Officials said a conclusion could be arrived at only after looking into actual rainfall for the 24-hour period and following a scrutiny of previous data Enthusiast Pradeep John Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted Mylapore crosses 200 mm One of the craziest spells of lifeime Chennai City Nungambakkam beats 2015 annual rainfall In another tweet he said2015 annual rainfall is overtaken by 2021 is the 3rd wettest year of all time behind 2005 1996 He had also given data for Chennai city Nungambakkam to support his claim Tamil Nadu witnessed heavy rainfall during the north east monsoon October-December monsoon and according to the weather office presence of convective cells led to rainfall A weather forecast by the IMD issued 1230 hours on December 30 had said Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at a few places over coastal Tamil Nadu Thunderstorm with moderate rain is likely to occur at many places over Villupuram Cuddalore and Delta districts Puducherry and Karaikal Light rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Interior Tamil Nadu districts PTI VGN APR APR
30-Dec-2021 National
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IT dept detects Rs 250 crore unaccounted cash transactions after raids on Neyveli based group \
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IT dept detects Rs 250 crore unaccounted cash transactions after raids on Neyveli based group

21-Dec-2021
New Delhi Dec 21 PTI The Income Tax department detected unaccounted cash transactions of Rs 250 crore and seized Rs 12 crore cash after it raided a group based in Tamil Nadus industrial town of Neyveli engaged in the business of chit funds which also runs educational institutions the CBDT said on TuesdayThe searches were carried out on December 16 and 30 premises of the unidentified group also engaged in real estate and finance business in Neyveli Cuddalore district Coimbatore Nilgiris and Chennai were covereda remotely located cloud server containing parallel set of books of account secretly maintained by key persons of the group has been unearthed the Central Board of Direct Taxes CBDT said in a statementThe preliminary analysis of the seized digital evidences the policy-making body for the tax department said shows details of unaccounted money generated through under-reporting of income from chit fund business and deposits received in cash from various partiesIt said unaccounted money so generated has been utilised to make cash payments for investments in real estate business Prima facie analysis indicates the quantum of unaccounted cash transactions in immovable properties to be to the tune of Rs 250 crore the statement saidIt added that Rs 12 crore unaccounted cash was also seizedPTI NES SRY
21-Dec-2021 National
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Hyundai Motor inaugurates new oxygen generator plant at Uthiramerur GH \
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Hyundai Motor inaugurates new oxygen generator plant at Uthiramerur GH

21-Dec-2021
Chennai Dec 21 PTI Automaker Hyundai Motor India on Tuesday said it has inaugurated a new oxygen generation plant with a capacity to produce 50 litres per minute at the government hospital in Uthiramerur in neighbouring Kancheepuram district under its philanthropic division Hyundai Motor India Foundation Initiative The plant one of the three set up in Tamil Nadu would address the oxygen requirement of 13 Intensive Care Unit beds in the hospital and also COVID-19 patients a company statement said Similar facilities have been set up in Cuddalore and Chennai The ongoing pandemic has cast a spotlight on being prepared for any eventuality Under our global vision Progress for Humanity we have been supporting the medical fraternity and community to strengthen the health infrastructure Hyundai Motor India Foundation trustee Ganesh Mani S said Uthiramerur MLA K Sundar inaugurated the oxygen plant in the presence of company officials including Mani the statement said Hyundai Motor India Foundation was also in the process of setting up oxygen plants in Kurinjipadi and Tondiarpet both in Tamil Nadu the statement added PTI VIJ APR APR
21-Dec-2021 National
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Inundation woes continue to hassle TN people CM inspects rain hit areas \
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Inundation woes continue to hassle TN people CM inspects rain hit areas

30-Nov-2021
Chennai Nov 30 PTI Inundation caused by monsoon rains continued to trouble people here and in other parts of the state while Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday inspected rain battered areas and distributed assistance to the affected people Despite ongoing work by authorities to bail out flood water using pumps a section of city and suburban subways continued to be shut for traffic resulting in traffic diversions Many roads and interior localities continued to be covered under sheets of water putting residents and road users into trouble Vehicles moved at snails pace in many areas like the Ashok Nagar-Postal Colony point that are prone to flooding during every monsoon season The rains have led to damage to many roads and craters covered under water often caught motorists off guard Authorities said repair work to damaged portions of the road is going on Of the 561 water-logged locations here water has been drained in 227 and work is on to bail out water from the remaining areas using high-powered motor pumps authorities said In the wake of monsoon rains and water-logging 15111 medical camps have been set up in Greater Chennai Corporation localities in which over 488000 people have participated Suburban Peerkankaranai Perumbakkam Semmancherry and areas off Urapakkam and Mudichur like Vardadharajapuram and parts of city localities including Pattalam were among the areas that were badly hit Water entered a section of houses in such areas and people were evacuated by authorities Though most city and suburban localities came under sheets of water due to continuous rains for days together flood water began receding albeit slowly as rainfall ceased here and in other northern regions and sun shone brightly on Tuesday The Cooum River embankment here was strengthened by placing about 500 sand bags in view of increase in outflow Surplus water was being let out from reservoirs here and similarly other districts like Cuddalore too released excess from waterbodies like the Veernam lake The five key dams that cater to the drinking water needs of Chennai have either touched 100 per cent storage like Kannankottai Thervoy Kandigai or close to full level such as the Poondi The Mordhana and Rajathoppu reservoirs in nearby Vellore district too have touched full levels and surplus water is being discharged Public Works Minister E V Velu inspected the collapsed portion of Palar River bridge linking Virinjipuram and Kothamangalam regions in Vellore District in view of heavy inflows in the river Surplus water release in addition to rains in Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts as well have led to inundation affecting people and routine of people in such areas Of the total 14138 lakes in Tamil Nadu 8075 have touched the full capacity an official release said Surplus water is being discharged to ensure storage at safe levels in dams and only after cautioning people well in advance the release added Over 22000 people from 19 districts including Chennai Chengelpet Tiruvallur Kanchipuram Villupuram Cuddalore Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai have been housed in 270 plus relief centres Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu have received excessive rainfall during the ongoing northeast monsoon season October-December Stalin visited water logged suburban Semmanchery here and directed officials to swiftly drain flood waters and further speed up relief and mitigation initiatives The Chief Minister interacted with the local people listened to their needs and distributed flood relief which includes blankets and essential commodities to the affected people He inspected the nearby Karappakkam lake that brimmed with flood water and discussed with officials on steps being taken to prevent flooding Following his Sunday visit to an inundated residential neighbourhood Goodwill Nagar in Chengelpet district the stagnant water was completely drained using heavy duty motors Stalin spoke to people of that locality on Tuesday They thanked him for the quick action a government release said Health Minister Ma Subramanian elected representatives and top officials accompanied the Chief Minister during his inspections PTI VGN BN BN
30-Nov-2021 National
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Rains batter TN showers in Chennai one of the most intense in 200 years says CM \
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Rains batter TN showers in Chennai one of the most intense in 200 years says CM

28-Nov-2021
Chennai Nov 27 PTI Monsoon rains continued to batter several regions of Tamil Nadu registering about 75 per cent showers above normal while Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday inspected inundated areas here and monitored initiatives aimed at mitigation and relief Following inspections amid showers Stalin tweeted saying that in the past 200 years this is the fourth time Chennai recorded 1000 MM 100 CM rainfall in a single month He quoted experts The Chief Minister praised local authorities police and government employees of various departments for their hard work without any respite Such dedicated work has prevented loss of lives and lowered damage to properties here to the maximum possible extent and ensured keeping the situation under control despite the heavy rainfall he said In his capacity as the Chief Minister Stalin said he worked on the ground alongside field personnel and would continue to do so and appealed to officials and elected representatives to carry on rain related reliefmitigation work as more rain rainfall has been forecast for the next few days In view of widespread rainfall that include northern regions and southern parts of Tamil Nadu like Tirunelveli and the Meteorological Departments forecast of showers especially in regions close to the coast till November 29 morning authorities here said 11329 people have been housed in 123 safe shelters These shelters are spread acrosss Tiruvallur Kancheepuram Chengelpet Cuddalore Nagapattinam Pudukottai Tuticorin Ariyalur Permbalur Dindigul Ranipettai Tirupattur Tiruvannamalai and Vellore districts National Disaster Response Force units have been deployed in Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts In Chennai 653 people have been housed in six relief centres and 825 packs of food were distributed to them today an official release here said The weather office said the forecast for coastal areas include Chennai and the neighbouring Union territory of Puducherry and the red shade for such regions indicates possibility of only excess rainfall In view of rainfall in catchment areas over 8500 cusecs of surplus water was released from reservoirs including Poondi here -that cater to Chennais drinking water needs- and about 23600 cusecs was let out from Mettur dam in Salem district Similarly surplus water was released from other reservoirs like Papanasam near Tirunelveli and Sathanur off Tiruvannamalai An IMD bulletin pointed to scattered to broken low and medium clouds with embedded intense to very intense convection over the central Bay of Bengal the adjoining south Bay of Bengal and South Andaman sea A low pressure area is likely to form over South Andaman sea around November 29 It is likely to become more marked and move west-northwestwards during subsequent 48 hours the bulletin said The northeast monsoon October to December is Tamil Nadus main rainy season Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management KKSSR Ramachandran said that from October 1 and till November 27 the state received about 6033 CM rainfall as against the usual 3457 CM for this period which is 75 per cent in excess An IMD official told PTI From October 1 to November 27 Tamil Nadu received 60 CM rainfall and the normal is 33 CM which is 74 per cent more As regards Chennai the metropolis has registered 106 CM during the same period rainfall while 60 CM is normal and hence 77 per cent excess In the past 24 hours three people one each in Ariyalur Tirunelveli and Tirupur districts have died in rain related incidents and in total about 273 houses have witnessed damage a government release said Stalin along with his Cabinet colleagues and top officials inspected several inundated areas including Pattalam and Pulianthope through the day and directed officials to expeditiously bail out flood waters The Revenue Minister reviewed the rain related relief initiatives at a high-level meeting in which top officials participated Flood water is being drained here in as many as 220 water-logged areas using heavy duty motor pumps and fallen trees have been removed Also nearly 1000 heavy duty pumps and 46 excavators have been kept ready for use authorities said For assistance people may call the 24 x 7 toll free number 1070 State-level control room in Chennai or 1077 the number for control centres in districts Also residents in Greater Chennai Corporation areas may call 1913 to register complaints PTI VGN APR APR
28-Nov-2021 National
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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai \
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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai

27-Nov-2021
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], November 27 (ANI): Several areas in Chennai have been partially submerged in floodwater after torrential rains over the past few days on Saturday.
27-Nov-2021 National
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Tamil Nadu: 8 people died due to heavy rains \
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Tamil Nadu: 8 people died due to heavy rains

27-Nov-2021
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], November 27 (ANI): State revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran on Saturday said a total of eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state.
27-Nov-2021 National
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DMK celebrates Udayanidhi Stalin’s birthday by distributing relief materials in flood-affected areas \
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DMK celebrates Udayanidhi Stalin’s birthday by distributing relief materials in flood-affected areas

27-Nov-2021
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], November 27 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) cadres celebrated DMK youth wing secretary and party President MK Stalin's son Udayanidhi Stalin's birthday by distributing the relief material to the people affected by heavy rains.
27-Nov-2021 National
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