Heavy rain throws life out of gear in TN

Heavy rain throws life out of gear in TN

Heavy rain has been lashing Tamil Nadu since Tuesday night including Chennai, throwing normal life out of gear in many places. The Met Department has predicted that the state would receive more downpour in the next 48 hours.

“Due to upper air cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal, heavy rains would occur along coastal districts of Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours" a senior meteorological official told Deccan Herald.

Several Chennai-bound flights were delayed due to foggy condition in the morning.
Schools and colleges in several coastal districts including Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram were closed due to heavy rain that continued until late on Wednesday morning. One person –Kumarasamy-- in Tirutani near here lost his life when his house collapsed due to heavy rain.

The Met official said sea would remain very rough and heavy along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours. "Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into the sea", he said.

He also said Chennai and Sriperumbudur recorded the maximum of 12 and 11 centimetre rainfall respectively in the last 24 hours.  Meanwhile, heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds lashed Chennai, crippling normal life, inundating low-lying areas and throwing vehicular traffic out of gear across the city. Almost all subways in the city are inundated.

Many low-lying areas reported water-logging and people, especially working class, found it difficult to wade through knee-deep water in some areas.

Meanwhile, the regional weather bureau in Mumbai has forecast heavy rain for the next 48 hours along the Mumbai-Goa belt, cutting through Konkan coast and central Maharashtra. It has asked the public services and community project officials in the region to be on high alert.

Since visibility during the thundershowers will be extremely poor along the western coastline, it has asked motorists to avoid needless journeys on the route. There could also be disruption on the surface transport along the hilly terrain. The coastline and Mumbai city witnessed continuous rain with thunder and lightning since early Wednesday morning. Vehicles on the roads crawled along almost bumper to bumper, while local suburban trains ran empty as Mumbaikars chose to stay at home due to rain and festive season.

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