On Wednesday Chennai district collector E Sundaravalli announced holidays in all schools and colleges located in the Indian State Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Government announced that all schools & colleges in Chennai will remain closed till November 22, 2015 and will reopen on November 23 (Monday). This decision has been taken due to heavy rains and water logging in the city.
As per the notification published, all schools and colleges would reopen on November 23, 2015 on account of heavy rains and water logging in the city as large parts of capital city remained marooned for over four days now. Recently, Anna University has also postponed its exams to next month.
The schools in Chennai and a few other districts, including Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have remained closed for almost two weeks due to Diwali and heavy rain. Till now somewhere around 55,000 people from various parts of the city have been evacuated by rescue teams and they have been shifted to higher places in city as nonstop rains continues to affect routine life.
Due to the heavy rains in past few days several parts of the city and suburbs have got swamped. Though rain stopped, the city’s major waterways, including the Adyar river, the Cooum river and and Buckingham canal, are overflowing, leading to mass evacuation from the banks. Several low-lying areas remain flooded during the time.
Since November 9, 2015 around 180 persons had died due to the heavy downpour in Tamil Nadu and Centre and State government had deployed several teams to provide relief and rescue stranded people.