Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Heavy rains lash Chennai; many areas water-logged, flights delayed

Chennai Rains Heavy rains lash Chennai; many areas water-logged, flights delayed
Melinda Barton | 30 October, 2017, 19:32

The arrival of northeast monsoon in Tamil Nadu was delayed this year, and the precipitation is reportedly less intense as compared to the rains which flooded major areas in Tamil Nadu in 2016.

The intermittent rains, under the influence of an upper air cyclonic circulation over South West Bay of Bengal, began on Sunday night in parts of the state, and intensified on Monday morning. A 38-year-old man died after a mud wall of his hut collapsed in Thinnaiyoor near Thanjavur district's Orathanadu which experienced heavy rains, police said. The Met office forecast heavy to very heavy rains in some areas of coastal districts, including the capital city and its neighbourhood, in the next 24 hours.

Heavy thunderstorms left streets flooded and forced some schools to close in Chennai according to FirstPost. In the northern parts, several areas including Kilpauk and Koyambedu were affected.

Coastal districts including Chennai, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Ramanathapuram received heavy rainfalls while a few interior districts received heavy to very heavy rains. According to The Times of India, Chennai airport has recorded 5 centimetres rainfall till 8.30 am on Monday.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that several parts of Tamil Nadu will receive showers as monsoon rains have started over the southern peninsula. The northeast monsoon arrived over Tamil Nadu on October 27. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to remain around 32 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius respectively.

Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan told PTI that 450 water pumps which would be used in low-lying areas to flush out water in the case of waterlogging.

Rainfall also occurred at isolated places in the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Coastal Karnataka.

Heavy rainfall will also impact Sri Lanka this week, bringing a high risk for flooding and mudslides.