<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tami Nadu including Chennai, on Monday, partially disrupting normal life in the city and claiming one life in Thanjavur district.In Chennai and suburbs, the spells of rains left the streets waterlogged and leading to traffic snarls at several places. As the rains continued unabated, the schools in the city and adjoining Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts were closed early by an hour to ensure the students reach their home safely.Traffic in Chennai came to a grinding halt in several locations like the arterial GST Road and Anna Salai, affecting traffic bound for airport and other outskirts. Buses were delayed in several areas and parts of the city and suburbs witnessed waterlogging, affecting office-goers and school children.Meanwhile, a 38-year-old man died when a mud wall of his hut collapsed in Thinnaiyoor near Thanjavur district’s Orathanadu which experienced heavy rains, police said.With the meteorological department predicting heavy rains under the influence of an upper air cyclonic circulations over South West Bay of Bengal for the next two days, the Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district collectors declared a holiday for the schools on Tuesday.According to the MeT department, there will be heavy rainfall in Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tanjore, Ramanathapuram and Thiruvarur in the next 48 hours. “The cyclone formation is in the same place near Sri Lanka. There will be heavy rains in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. The interior districts will experience moderate rainfall,” Dr S Balachandran, director, Area Cyclone Warning Center told media.Chennai and suburbs had faced the wrath of heavy rains due to lack of preparedness in 2015 as well.The Greater Chennai Corporation has identified about 300 low lying areas and people living there would be shifted to the relief centre if needed. One seventy-five relief centres have also been set up. Chennai Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan said the civic body was fully geared to tackle the situation. He said the corporation had over 450 water pumps which would be used in low-lying areas to pump out water in the event of waterlogging.175 relief centre set-upThe Greater Chennai Corporation has identified about 300 low-lying areas and people living there would be shifted to the relief centre if needed. One seventy-five relief centres have also been set up. Chennai Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan said the civic body was fully geared to tackle the situation. He said the corporation had over 450 water pumps which would be used in low-lying areas to pump out water in the event of waterlogging.

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Heavy rains lash Chennai, schools to remain shut today