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Cyclone Laila batters north coastal Tamil Nadu: 2 dead

Heavy rains under the influence of cyclonic storm Laila lashed coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu, claiming two lives and throwing normal life out of gear.



Chennai: Heavy rains under the influence
of cyclonic storm Laila lashed coastal districts of north
Tamil Nadu, claiming two lives and throwing normal life out of
gear.

Several fishermen, who put out to sea in 100 boats
were reported missing since Monday, according to fisheries
department sources.

The fishermen of Pamban, Uchipuli and nearby areas who
ventured into sea on May 17 night in boats with outboard
motors were missing, they said.

The cyclonic storm is expected to cross the Andhra
Pradesh coast tomorrow.

Police said a 52-year-old fisherman drowned in rough
seas at Tirupalakudi in Ramanathapuram district, while a
24-year-old woman, an employee in a software firm in Chennai,
was electrocuted at suburban Velachery.

Coastal areas of Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore,
Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts have been
experiencing heavy rains since last night.

A report from Cuddalore said three fishermen of
Devanampattinam were missing after they ventured into sea in a
fibre boat last afternoon. Search operations could not be
carried out immediately in view of high tides and very rough
sea, officials said.

In another incident, four fishermen were injured when
five boats capsized as they were heading towards shore in
Cuddalore district, they said.

The Met office said Laila, which lay over southwest
and adjoining West central Bay of Bengal, moved northwestwards
and was now centred about 190 km east-northeast of Chennai.

The system was likely to intensify and move in a
northwesterly to northerly direction and cross Andhra Pradesh
coast between Nellore and Kakinada, close to Machilipatnam by
tomorrow.

Under its influence, north coastal Tamil Nadu and
coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely to experience widespread
rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and isolated
extremely heavy falls in the next 48 hours starting this
morning, it said.

Thozhudur (in Cuddalore) received maximum rainfall of
9 cm while Chennai reported 8 cm since yesterday. Tiruvallur,
Nagapattinam and Kancheepuram also received good rainfall.

Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the
sea. Those living in huts along the coast have also been
advised to move to safer places and people in rain affected
areas to remain indoors.

Several areas in Chennai and suburbs were inundated as
people were forced to wade through knee-deep water. Office
goers were put to hardship as traffic in all major roads moved
at snail`s pace due to water logging.

In several areas, trees were uprooted in strong
surface winds, compounding the woes of traffic managers.

PTI

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