Heavy rains lash Chennai; Many areas waterlogged

Our Bureau | | | Updated on: Nov 07, 2021
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Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur across Tamilnadu

Overnight showers battered Chennai, which received the highest rainfall since 2015.

It was due to the conditions as a prelude to the low-pressure formation over the Bay of Bengal.

Nungambakkam recorded a record 215.3 mm rainfall, as per the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai.

With heavy rainfall, surplus water from the Chembarambakkam reservoir will be released at around 1.30 pm. Puzhal reservoir is also likely to be opened up, say media reports. People living in low lying areas have been asked to go to a safe place.

The RMC in its bulletin at 8.30 pm on Saturday has forecast that morning’s cyclonic circulation over Southeast Bay of Bengal & adjoining equatorial Indian ocean off Sumatra Coast extending upto 3.1 km above mean sea level persists. Under its influence, a low-pressure area is likely to form over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around 9th November. It is likely to become more marked and move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu coast during the subsequent 48 hours.


Heavy rainfall warning

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur & Pudukkottai districts of Tamilnadu and Karaikal area. Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Krishnagiri,Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Tiruchirappalli, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Karur, Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Kallakurichi and Villupuram districts of Tamilnadu, Puducherry, coastal Karnataka,south interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema, the bulletin said.

Weather blogger R Pradeep John on his Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page in the morning said that heaviest rains in Chennai since 2015, particularly in north and central Chennai areas and more clouds are moving in.

“Remember the convergence zone from Nilgiris to Ramanthapuram, put up yesterday, that zone has got heavy rains too. But Chennai rains are in the extreme category. Tonight, to Monday morning too the same convergence is persisting and we will see anothe round of heavy rains in Chennai,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Madurantakam lake in Chengalpet district is likely to reach its maximum level in the next one or two days.

A tweet by Tiruvallur collector says that 3,000 cusecs of water to be started to be released from Poondi Reservoir today morning 9 am onwards. People residing on the low lying areas on the banks of river  Kosasthalaiyar downstream are advised to be on alert. Also, 500 Cusecs to be released from Puzhal Reservoir from 11 am today. It's being advised that people in low lying habitations on the banks of the surplus canal may be on alert, he said.


EMU train services between Chennai Beach and Egmore resume

EMU train services between Chennai Beach and Egmore have resumed slowly.

EMU train services between Beach and Egmore have resumed at slower speeds and at a lesser frequency of 30 minutes. EMU train services from Egmore to Tambaram and Chengalpattu are operating normally. Services between Beach and Velachery are also normal, says a tweet by Southern Railway DRM.

Earlier, due to incessant rains and waterlogging on the tracks, EMU train services between Chennai Beach and Egmore had been temporarily suspended. Various trains to Chennai Central and Egmore had been delayed.

PTI adds

TN CM MK Stalin visits inundated areas


Chief Minister MK Stalin inspected several inundated areas here along with top officials including Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and directed authorities to take swift action to drain flood water.

Stalin, along with Cabinet colleagues distributed flood assistance, including rice, milk and blankets to people in affected areas, housed in a temporary shelter here.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian said Chennai experienced 20 cm rain in about 12 hours since last night. According to IMD data, the rainfall ranged between 10 CM and 23 CM in Chennai and its suburbs.

Published on November 07, 2021

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