Heaviest 24-Hour Rainfall Since 2015 Floods In Chennai

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  • Heavy rains lashed Chennai overnight and it continues with waterlogging.
  • Chembarambakkam and Puzhal reservoirs would be opened to let out surplus rain water.
  • RMC said that thunderstorms with moderate rain are likely to occur at many places over Tamilnadu, Puducherry.

Chennai: Several parts of Chennai reported waterlogging on Sunday morning after the city recorded heavy overnight rains. Heavy rain lashed Chennai and its suburbs on Saturday as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted more rains in the coming days. The IMD also has predicted heavy rainfall in Chennai and its neighbourhood for the next 3 hours. Many areas in Chennai including Koratur, Perambur, Porur, reported waterlogging. As of 7:30 am Sunday morning, Chennai recorded rainfall of 207 mm.

Nungambakkam reported rainfall of 145 mm, Villivakkam 162 mm and Puzhal 111 mm. Tamil Nadu Weatherman Pradeep John said that the city recorded its heaviest rainfall today since December 2015. In view of heavy downpour in Chennai and surrounding areas, Tiruvallur Collector announced that 500 Cusecs from the Puzhal Reservoir will be released at 11 AM today. “It’s being advised that people in low lying habitations on the banks of the surplus canal may be on alert,” the collector stated. 500 cubic feet of floodwaters will also be released from Sembarambakkam Lake at 1.30 PM today.

“A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal & adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean off Sumatra Coast and extends upto 3.1 km above mean sea level. Under its influence a low pressure area is likely to form over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around November 9th,” IMD said. It is likely to become more marked and move west-northwestwards towards north Tami Nadu coast during the subsequent 48 hours, the department said. The Regional Meteorological Department has said that thunderstorms with moderate rain are likely to occur at many places over Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal area. “Thunderstorm with heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore,” RMC Chennai said.

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