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Life in Chennai still difficult

Chennai: Several localities in flood-hit Chennai, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu were still marooned on Monday even as flood water receded and power supply returned in parts of Chennai. In general, however, life continues to be difficult for almost everyone as they have to battle with contaminated water - including municipal supply and well and ground water - as well as slush and filth all around their homes.

Heavy rains which battered the four districts located close to the sea over the past month leading to floods have claimed 325 lives and derailed the lives of millions.

The Met office has predicted more heavy rains in coastal Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced Rs 10,000, 10 kg of rice, a sari and dhoti to those who lost their huts in the unprecedented floods. Those in permanent houses and were affected would get Rs 5,000, 10 kg of rice, a sari and dhoti.

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