The death toll in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu stood at 79. Tiruvallur district along with some areas around Madurai had experienced moderate showers even as the severely affected Kancheepuram was inching back to normalcy.

In Chennai, civic authorities were pumping out water from inundated localities in south suburban Velachery, one of the worst affected, with boats being used to transport people to
safer places.

Boats had also been deployed at Velachery, Perumbakkam, Saidapet, Thoraipakkam and Nandambakkam to rescue people. Meanwhile, areas in Korattur in the city were still in knee-deep water and according to authorities it could take a couple of days for water to dry up fully.

Suburban areas in the city were still inundated. In Kancheepuram district, the Army and Air Force were deployed since yesterday to rescue stranded citizens as torrential rains left residents marooned. Respite from rains for the last two days enabled denizens to venture out to buy essential commodities.

The Navy and Coast Guard had also joined rescue operations. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has already announced allocation of Rs 500 crore towards relief and rehabilitation besides solatium for the next of kin of the dead.

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