New depression likely to form over Bay of Bengal
Chennai: Even before the damage caused by the storm that crossed the shore a few days ago is yet to be tackled, another depression is in the making, if one is to go by what Metrological officials say.
As per the latest information from Regional Meteorological Centre, a depression is likely to be formed over Bay of Bengal and continuous rains are expected to start over Tamilnadu from 14 November.
Officials have confirmed today that the low pressure region which was present yesterday over north Tamilnadu and adjoining south interior Karnataka has become less marked. An upper air cyclonic circulation now lies over Kerala and neighbourhood and extends up to 5.8 kilometres above sea level, explained an official.
For today, weathermen have forecast rain or thundershowers at many places over south Tamilnadu, coastal Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep and in a few places over north Tamilnadu, Puducherry and south interior Karnataka.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced a solatium of Rs 4 lakh each to the family members of 17 more victims, who died in rain-related incidents. Jayalalithaa, who had directed the officials to undertake relief works on a war-footing and restore power and drinking water supply to the victims, expressed grief and anguish over the deaths and announced the assistance from the Calamity Relief Fund.
Senior Ministers and top IAS officials are camping in Cuddalore and other districts to monitor, supervise and coordinate relief works. In a statement Wednesday evening, Jayalalithaa who earlier in the day chaired a review meeting at the Secretariat, said out of the total 440 mm rainfall the State would normally receive from October to December, 300 mm has been received in just three days.
"Out of the Cuddalore district average rainfall of 687 cm, 500 mm has already received. Hence, the district has witnessed huge damage," she pointed out. She said as soon as Cuddalore started receiving heavy rains, she deputed senior IAS officer Gagandeep Singh Bedi who is camping and coordinating relief works in the area from 9 November.
She said apart from this, an army of IAS officers from various departments has camped in the rain-hit regions to carry out restoration works. "A total of 29,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas and they are being provided with proper shelter, food and water. Five teams led by sub-collectors are supervising these works and 11 kitchens are catering food."