Tamil Nadu rains: Red alarm in Chennai, 3 other districts; three dead


Heavy rains whipped Chennai and its suburbs on Thursday, flooding roads and causing traffic jams. Tamil Nadu Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachadran said a total of three people have lost their lives due to electric shock. He added that a red alarm has been issued in four districts – Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu.

He said under the directives of Chief Minister MK Stalin that they have set up a 24 × 7 control room and emergency centers to help the public. The minister asked people to stay indoors and only step out if necessary. For any complaints, he said the public can call 1070/1077.

Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi and other officials are monitoring the situation from the control room of the Rippon building. Authorities said as many as 145 pumps are currently running across all zones in the city to remove stagnant water.

Tiruvallur Collector Dr. Alby John said a total of 750 cusecs will be released from Redhill’s tank as a precautionary measure due to continuous catchment and influx is around 2000 cusecs. People living in low-lying areas along the banks of the surplus canal have been instructed to be on standby.

According to at. 20.00 precipitation data published by the Meteorological Department of India (IMD), MRC Nagar (Chennai dist) recorded 198 mm of precipitation while Nungambakkam received 159.5 mm. YMCA Nandanam registered 152 mm, Meenambakkam 108 mm and ACS College 108.5 mm. The rain also triggered the traffic jam in large places in the city. Traffic is slow in areas near KK Nagar, Mylapore, EVR Road, Sembium, Kolathur, 100 ft Periyar road, Nungambakkam (sea view road), Santhome, EVR Salai, Rajarathinam stadium, Ashok Nagar, Kodungaiyur, Jones road etc.

In light of the water filling, Chennai Metro has extended its service time by one hour from 6 p.m. 23:00 to 12.00 Thursday.

For the next 48 hours, the RMC has predicted light to moderate rain accompanied by thunderstorms in some areas of Chennai and its neighborhoods. The sky will probably be partly cloudy, and the maximum and minimum temperatures will probably be around 31 ° C and 24 ° C respectively.

Private weather blogger Pradeep John has predicted precipitation with breaks in coastal areas until January 2nd.

Network users with the hashtag #ChennaiRains on Thursday went on Twitter and shared photos and videos to express their happiness over the sudden eruption of rain.

Here is a weather forecast across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for Thursday and the next four days:

December 30 (Thursday): Thunderstorms with moderate rain are likely to occur in a few places over Coastal Tamil Nadu. Moderate rain thunderstorms are likely to occur in many places over Villupuram, Cuddalore and Delta districts, Puducherry and Karaikal. Light rain is also likely to occur in isolated places over the inner Tamil Nadu districts.

December 31 (Friday): Thunderstorms with heavy rain are likely to occur in isolated locations over Cuddalore, Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai districts, Puducherry and Karaikal. Moderate rain thunderstorms are likely to occur in many places over the rest of the coastal Tamil Nadu districts. Thunderstorms and light to moderate rain are also likely to occur in a few places over the inner Tamil Nadu districts.

January 1 (Saturday): Thunderstorms with heavy rain are likely to occur in isolated places over Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai districts, Puducherry and Karaikal. Moderate rain thunderstorms are likely to occur in many places over the rest of the coastal Tamil Nadu districts. Light to moderate rain is also likely to occur in a few places over the inner Tamil Nadu districts.

January 2 (Sunday): Thunderstorms with moderate rain are likely to occur in a few places over the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. Thunderstorms with light to moderate rain are likely to occur in a few places over the inner Tamil Nadu and Western Ghat districts.

January 3 (Monday): Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in isolated places over the South Tamil Nadu districts. Dry weather is likely to dominate the rest of Tamil Nadu.

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