A red warning has been issued to four Tamil Nadu districts in light of heavy rainfall in the state. Three people died in rain-related electric shocks in Tamil Nadu today after an unprecedented heavy rain hit the state, said Prime Minister of Revenue and Disaster Management KKSSR Ramachandran. Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalepattu are the districts where a red warning has been issued indicating heavy to extremely heavy rainfall of over 20 cm in 24 hours.
Up to 20 cm of rain has flooded the capital Chennai as a cyclonic circulation along the coasts triggered heavy rainfall. Water tightness has led to traffic jams, which has caused difficulties for commuters who were not prepared for heavy rainfall.
Bhnumathi, an HR intern, was stuck in his office for more than two hours. “No buses came and cabs showed 4 times the price, Rs 800 to reach my home,” she told NDTV.
#WATCH | Tamil Nadu: Heavy rainfall causes traffic jams on Chennai’s Mount Road
Chennai metro says it has announced an extension of service time by one hour to midnight 12 to allow passengers to reach their homes safely pic.twitter.com/1AJCWQ8lSy
– ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2021
The Chennai subway has extended services by one hour tonight to help stranded commuters. The last metro would go at. 12.00
Four subways in the city have been closed. “More than 145 giant pumps are running to pump water out,” Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said in a statement.
The weather department has forecast heavy rain tonight and moderate rainfall tomorrow.
“Very heavy rainfall is observed over Chennai and the neighborhood and precipitation activity is likely to continue over the region for the next 6 hours.
Precipitation recorded from 0830-1945 IST today (in mm).
Chennai (MRC Nagar) -198
Nungambakkam – 160, “the Indian Meteorological Division (IMD) said in a tweet at 20.55.
Very heavy rainfall is observed over Chennai and the district and the precipitation activity is likely to continue over the region over the next 6 hours.
– Indian Meteorological Division (@Indiametdept) December 30, 2021
The weather department has updated the figures until 20.30:
Nungambakkam -177.2 mm
Chennai Airport – 131.3 mm
MRC Nagar – 208 mm
ACS Medical College (Kancheepuram) – 150 mm
Isolated heavy to heavy rainfall activity is likely to continue over the north coast of Tamil Nadu and adjacent areas of the south coast of Andhra Pradesh over the next three days and fall thereafter, the IMD said.