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15 killed in rain-hit TN; schools, colleges shut


Aarti Nagraj,CNN-IBN
Oct 29, 2008 at 02:31pm IST

Chennai: Broken trees, flooded roads and countless umbrellas - Chennai was a victim of continuous rainfall on Sunday.

Thirteen people have died so far and the warning of more rains has shut down schools and colleges across the state.

What's worse, there is no respite at least for the next two days - that's according to the Met department. And while the rain meant a respite from the heat, not many were happy with the downpour.

Senthil, a flower seller says, “Business has been badly affected by the rain. We have hardly sold any flowers.”

“Because of the rain people are not coming, and even the vegetables are getting soggy, “ says vegetable vendor Mahesh.

According to Met officials, the North West monsoon has caused a low pressure over Bay of Bengal, which intensified into a depression.

And so, the entire coastal region of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will experience heavy showers.

Strong winds are also expected and fishermen have been advised to stay off the sea.

While the officials say that the depression is expected to move north by Monday evening, they are not ruling out the possibility of a cyclone.

Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director R Ramanan says, “There is the possibility that the depression could intensify further and form into a deep depression. That is why we have issued the necessary warning.”

A single day's rain managed to bring down this 15-year-old tree, that is the destruction it has caused and it also forced the people to spend their Sunday at home.

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