14/12/2015 11:33 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Chennai Rains: Schools, Colleges Reopen After A Month

A boy carries a child and wades through a flooded street in Chennai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Weeks of torrential rains have forced the airport in the state capital Chennai to close and have cut off several roads and highways, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

CHENNAI -- After torrential rains and floods forced their closure for nearly a month, schools and colleges in Chennai and its neighbouring districts reopened today.

Soon after the onset of North East Monsoon in October, incessant rains hampered normal life with the city recording heavy rainfall last week that led to inundation of large areas. Essential commodities took a hit while educational institutions were closed particularly those in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Cuddalore districts.

As there has been dry weather over last few days and normal life is getting restored, schools and colleges reopened today.

University examinations have already been postponed by the Government.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the civil services examinations scheduled from 18 to 23 December for at least for two months to enable the students from Tamil Nadu to take up the examinations with "adequate preparation".

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