Chennai and nearby areas received heavy rains overnight leading to all-around water-logging on Sunday.
The overnight rain, which was reportedly the heaviest since 2015. The rain happened because of a formation of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.
Chennai received a downpour through the night, recording 21 cm of rainfall till 8.30 am this morning. Several low-lying areas of the city were flooded.
The weather department has predicted that isolated places in north coastal Tamil Nadu will receive heavy to very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall throughout Sunday due to the influence of cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal.
With the lakes around Chennai swelling, water is being released from the Chembarambakkam lake. The 85.4 feet-high lake now has water till 82.35 feet.
A flood alert has been issued in the Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts on the banks of River Adyar. Schools have been ordered to stay shut in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram districts.
Cheif Minister M K Stalin:
Chief Minister M K Stalin has discussed preparedness with district collectors and visited 14 waterlogged areas, including Egmore, Padi bridge, Padi Bridge and Jawahar Nagar.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin directs officials to expedite rescue and relief work in the wake of heavy rainfall in Chennai and several parts of the state during the last 24 hours, 36 districts received heavy downpour with the state capital receiving highest of 134.29 mm
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 7, 2021
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announces holidays for educational institutions around Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur districts for the next two days.
Chennai received more than 20 cm of rain in a single day. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced that as many as 160 relief camps are ready for the affected people. Around 50,000 food parcels have been distributed and arrangements have been made to provide regular meals to those affected by the heavy rains in the city.
Heavy rain-affected transport system:
The heavy rain has hit road and rail services. Though a few flights were delayed, there was no major disruption in air services, news agency PTI reported.
In view of heavy rains that led to vehicular traffic, bus and train services were affected on Sunday. There was a visible dip in state-run bus services. Hence, only fewer buses were operated in suburbs and train services were also affected.
Railway sources said the Basin Bridge yard here flooded which led to disruption in routing trains, in and out of the Chennai Central Railway Station.