Heavy rains pounding forced cancellation of some trains, Southern Railway said today.  Chennai Central-Vijayawada Jan Shatabdi and Bangalore-Chennai Central have been 'fully cancelled,' Railway stated in a release. Six services have been partially cancelled while three services, Patna-Bangalore Express, Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram Express and Thiruvananthapuram – Shalimar express will be diverted without reaching Chennai Central, it cited.

People living in waterlogged areas were forced to shift elsewhere due to accumulated rainwater. In some pockets in the city, rainwater entered homes.

"There was knee-deep water around my house. There was also threat of sewage entering the house. I have now shifted to my mother's place with my daughter," Nitya, a local resident told reporter.

Many office-goers managed to reach bus stops and railway stations, but could not go further to their work places as public transport  services were suspended. In many places, uprooted trees disrupted traffic.

In rural areas, power supply was cut as a precautionary measure. While the rain god relented somewhat during the day, grey skies threatened to open up again during the night.

According to the weather office forecast, heavy rain is expected over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry over the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the toll in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu during the last couple of days rose to 55.

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