The Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for schools on Monday as heavy rain created havoc on Sunday and is expected to continue on Monday. The Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for six districts Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Ranipet and Vellore. Heavy rain was noticed in Chennai and the neighbouring districts. In addition, heavy rainfall is expected in many parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday.
Chennai woke up to heavy downpours and thunderstorms on Monday. Heavy rainfall was recorded in many parts of Chennai on Sunday night. The Meenambakkam area recorded 137.6 mm of rainfall from 8:30 AM Sunday to 5:30 AM Monday.
The cyclone formed over the southwest of the Bay Of Bengal and triggered intense thunderstorms over the coastal areas. Automatic rain gauges in Nandanam and Taramani recorded 12 cm of rain followed by Chembarabakkam with about 11 cm of rain.
West Tambaram received 8 cm of rain while Nungambakkam received 6 cm of rain. Various rain gauges received a moderate amount of rainfall. The rain has caused some property damage, some trees have been uprooted and a few houses have been damaged as well.
Many parts of Chennai were submerged in water. International flight operations were affected and around 10 incoming flights including from Dubai and Doha were diverted to Bengaluru, the heavy downpour affected especially the departure of the flights.
The first spell of southwest monsoon gave relief after the two-week-long heat spell in Tamil Nadu.
Overnight heavy rain brought about a substantial amount of rainfall into the Chembarabakkam reservoir that supplies water for the entire city. It received 921 cusecs of rainfall till 6 am on Monday.
Moderate rain and thunderstorm will continue till Tuesday. The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in the districts in 13 districts including Kancheepuram, Tiruchi, Perambalur, Chengalpattu and Cuddalore till Tuesday.
The department issued a warning on the havoc created by the heavy downpour like road blockage, water logging in the low-lying areas and falling of tree branches during the thunderstorms. People have been advised to stay away from low-lying areas and be watchful for landslides and mudslides.
The district collectors of Chennai, Vellore, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Chengalpet have declared holidays for schools in that region.
However, the class 12 supplementary exams will be held as scheduled.
Edited By:Shanawaz Choudry
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