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3 electrocuted after showers

CHENNAI Sept. 26. Three persons were electrocuted in separate incidents in the city, after the heavy showers this morning. The rains also threw normal life out of gear, what with water-logging and traffic jams in several parts of the city.

According to police sources, Abdul Manab, a native of Kerala working at a restaurant as a cashier, died on the spot after stepping into a pool of stagnant water on Ayyappan Street at Esplanade, which was in contact with a live wire, snapped owing to strong winds. Ramanammal (55), who happened to pass through the street, was also electrocuted.

At Koyambedu market, Pachchai (70) was killed when he came into contact with a snapped electricity cable.

Pre-monsoon activity

According to Meteorology department sources, there was no low-pressure formation and the rains would be categorised under ``pre-monsoon activity''. Nungambakkam observatory recorded 11 cm of rain and Meenambakkam 8 cm.

The rains left several subways flooded, several streets water-logged and stagnant slush pools in other areas.

Though civic authorities commenced baling operations at the Doraisamy Subway, T. Nagar, at around 6 a.m., an MTC bus (route 47) was stranded with six commuters seated inside. They could get out only after the water was removed 45 minutes later. A milk van, which also came to a halt in the subway, caused a traffic jam on Doraisamy Road.

Water was also being pumped out of the Reserve Bank of India subway. Roads like the Babu Rajendra Prasad Road at West Mambalam were heavily water-logged, as were several roads at Anna Nagar, T. Nagar, Perambur and Old Washermenpet.

Traffic was disrupted at several places with big vehicles getting caught in the slush. A water tanker lorry was stranded on Park Road and a postal van near the SBOA school road at Thirumangalam. One half of the road was closed for traffic because of the obstruction caused by two lorries on New Avadi Road in front of the Kilpauk Water Works.

Chennai Corporation officials said water was baled out in the Duraisamy, RBI, Kannikapuram and Ranganathan Subways. A dieselised motor has been permanently installed in all the subways for promptly removing water during inundation, said an official.

The city's catchment areas also received good rainfall last night. Korattur registered the highest of 14 cm, Chembarambappam 9 cm and Red Hills recorded 8 cm. Sholavaram, Poondi and Tamaraipakkam reservoirs received 3 cm rainfall each.

The Corporation in a press release said that owing to improper restoration of road cuts by a private Optic Fibre Cable (OFC) company in the Kilpauk area, some vehicles suffered damage following the rains today. Regretting inconvenience to the damage caused to the vehicle owners, the civic agency assured that they would help in securing compensation from the company. Owners of vehicles, which were damaged, have been asked to contact the Superintending Engineer (Bus Route Roads), Corporation of Chennai, Ripon Buildings.

The Fire Control department reported damage to trees at Raja Annamalai Puram and Aminjikarai.

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