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Chennai: Rain starts to fill tanks, supply for 3 months assured

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CHENNAI: The incessant rain over the past few days may have put off people but it’s also given the city reason to be glad: Chennai’s four reservoirs have started to fill up, reaching around 20% of their combined capacity, guaranteeing drinking water supply to the city for the next three months.

The city’s water managers say the heavy showers, triggered by a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal had on Thursday swelled combined storage in the Poondi, Sholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam reservoirs to 2.2 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft). The total capacity is 11.05tmcft.

Storage had dwindled to 0.2tmcft on October 26, making Metrowater officials jittery. “If we get another good spell of rain, we should be able to pull on till the next monsoon,” a senior official said.

When storage hit a low, Metrowater depended on Cau very water from Veeranam Lake in Cuddalore, the city’s desalination plants, which supply around 200mld and agricultural wells to maintain supply .

But it struggled to meet 550 million litres a day (mld), far too inadequate to meet the needs of the expanding city .The core city has a demand of 1,000mld.

Officials said storage at Veeranam Lake had reached 50% of its capacity on Thursday .

The utility used agricultural wells to supply 180mld from places like Thaganur, Pularambakkam, Moovur, R R Kandigai and Valliyur in Tiruvallur district.

Due to the crisis, Metrowater supplied water only on alternate days for several months.

Storage in major reservoirs across the state increased by between 3ft and 20ft over the past fortnight.The level in Mettur dam, the lifeline of the delta region, has risen by 20ft, raising hopes of farmers of a longterm samba crop.

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Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts to remain closed on Friday

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CHENNAI: Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts will remain closed on Friday due to rain.

Collectors of each of these districts declared a holiday for educational institutions after heavy rain lashed the area on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Most educational institutions in Chennai have remained closed for week due to rain and Diwali.

The met department has forecast that a depression that has formed in the Bay of Bengal will bring more rain to Tamil Nadu.

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Government ups relief measures, rain toll rises to 43

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CHENNAI/CUDDALORE: Just as the rain-affected areas in the state that have reported 43 deaths were limping back normalcy, the met department has forecast heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next 24 hours.

On Thursday, chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced compensation of 4 lakh each for the families of another 17 victims. Meanwhile, a delegation of ministers have been rushed to the Cuddalore to oversee relief and rehabilitation works.

Power supply is being restored and marine commandos have been pressed into service to rescue those marooned.

Opposition parties have criticised the state government for not completing flood mitigation projects and not taking up enough preventive measures. But the Cuddalore district collector S Suresh Kumar said those who died were not in high-risk areas and the administration did evacuate those in danger. He blamed incessant rains and flash floods for the deaths.

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