3 Deaths After Heavy Rain In Tamil Nadu, Parts Of Chennai Waterlogged

3 Deaths After Heavy Rain In Tamil Nadu, Parts Of Chennai Waterlogged

Chennai rains: Waterlogging has led to traffic congestion, causing hardship for commuters.

Chennai:

A red alert has been issued for four Tamil Nadu districts in view of heavy rainfall in the state. Three people died in rain-related electrocutions in Tamil Nadu today after unprecedented torrential rains battered the state, state minister for revenue and disaster management K. K. S. S. R. Ramachandran said. Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalepattu are the districts where a red alert, which indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, has been issued. 

Up to 20 cm of rains have flooded the capital city Chennai as a cyclonic circulation along the coasts triggered heavy rainfall. Waterlogging has led to traffic congestion, causing hardship for commuters who were unprepared for severe rainfall. 

Bhnumathi, an HR intern, was stuck at her office for more than two hours. “No buses were coming, and cabs showed 4 times the price, Rs 800 to reach my home,” she told NDTV. 

Chennai metro rail has extended services by one hour tonight to help stranded commuters. The last metro would leave by 12 am. 

Four subways in the city have been shut. “More than 145 giant pumps are running to pump waters out,” Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said in a statement. 

The weather department has forecast heavy rains tonight and moderate rainfall tomorrow. 

“Very heavy rainfall observed over Chennai & neighbourhood and rainfall activity likely to continue over the region during next 06 hours. 

Rainfall recorded from 0830-1945 IST of today (in mm). 
Chennai (MRC Nagar) – 198
Nungambakkam – 160,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a tweet at 8:55 pm.

The weather department has updated the numbers till 8:30 pm:

Nungambakkam -177.2 mm
Chennai Airport – 131.3 mm
MRC Nagar –  208 mm
ACS Medical College (Kancheepuram) – 150 mm

Isolated heavy to very rainfall activity is likely to continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next three days and decrease thereafter, the IMD said.

Assam Press