CHENNAI SUFFERS HEAVY RAIN AND WATER-LOGGING, IMD PREDICTS THUNDERSTORM

Chennai has been witnessing heavy overnight rains that led to flooding and waterlogging all across the city affecting lives and livelihood of the city’s residents. Tamil Nadu has received a 43% surplus rainfall and Chennai registered a 26% excess since October 1. In the recent rains, Nungambakkam received 21.5 cm rain which is the highest recorded since 2015 in a 24 hour time period. The Tamil Government started to release water from reservoirs around the city, including Poodi and Chembarambakkam. Chief Minister M K Stalin has already declared a two- day holiday from schools in four districts including Chennai. The CM said four teams of NDRF will be deployed in the state to accelerate relief operations, adding that fire and police forces have been involved in the rescue. 

 

Indian Meteorological Department said that on November 9th, a cyclonic circulation over the northern coast of the state and low pressure is likely to form. Rainfall has been predicted by the office on both November 8tha and 9th. IMD also predicted thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall on November 9th in parts of Tamil Nadu. “A cyclonic circulation lies over Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining the equatorial Indian Ocean extending up to 4.5 Km above mean sea level. Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to form over the southeast Bay of Bengal and neighborhood around November 9. It is likely to become more marked and move towards the north Tamil Nadu coast during the subsequent 48 hrs,” the statement from the office said. 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Stalinand assured all possible support from the center in the relief work. “Spoke to Tamil Nadu CM, Thiru @mkstalin and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of the state. Assured all possible support from the Centre in rescue and relief work. I pray for everyone’s well-being and safety,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter. 

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