Heavy rains continued to lash Chennai and other coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, with the metropolis gauging 93 per cent more showers than normals for the period between October 1 and November 4. According to the meterological department, low pressure area and upper cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal are likely to bring more rains.
At least eight people have lost their lives in the state since the onset of the northeast monsoon on October 27.
S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre told PTI that 19cm of rainfall has been recorded in the state against the normal of 21 cm from October 1 to November 4 period. As far as the precipitation level is concerned, Chennai gauged 62 cm of precipitation against the normal of 32 cm for the period. In the coastal areas, rains are likely to subside in the next two to three days.
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have witnessed widespread rains in coastal regions and some places in the interior districts in the past 24 hours. Talaignayiru and Thirutharapoondi in Nagapattinam district recorded 27 cm and 24 cm of rainfall respectively, Balachandran said.
As per the MeT department data, Chennai received 6 cm of rains in Meenambakkam and 7 cm in Nungambakkam while Nagapattinam received 9 cm and Ponneri 10 cm. The heavy rains affected the city’s transport services and commuters had a harrowing time as traffic moved at a snail’s pace.
Several universities have postponed their exams while schools and colleges have been shut since October 31. The state-level National Talent Search Exam, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been shifted to November 18.
Civic authorities are coordinating relief work. Power supply has been suspended in inundated areas like parts of MKB Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to ensure safety.
Millenials have been posting updates about traffic diversion, inundation on social media to help road users. In areas like Nanmangalam and Pallikaranai, volunteers distributed food packets and water.
Meanwhile, a Met department bulletin said the low pressure area over the southwest Bay of Bengal and the adjoining coastal regions of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu continue to persist. Rain or thundershowers are likely over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherrt and at a few places over interior Tamil Nadu, according to the Met department.
Heavy rains are likely at some places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Rail services have also been affected in the state with rail fractures and failure of track circuit-based signalling system.
Over 10,000 shifted to 114 relief camps
According to PTI, a government statement said that more than 10,000 people in rain-affected areas of Chennai,Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam have moved to over 100 relief camps. Tamil Nadu has recorded 174 mm of rainfall between October 27 and November 3.
The statement added that as many as 10,640 residents in low-lying areas have taken shelter in 114 relief centres in Chennai, Kancheepuram,Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam. Over 7,000 encroachments on 22,538 water bodies have been
removed while 12,070 km of river ways were desilted, it said.
(With PTI Inputs)