Respite from rain in Tamil Nadu

Respite from rain in Tamil Nadu

The sun came out and dispelled dark clouds over the city and surrounding regions on Thursday, bringing relief to the people after two days of heavy rain that flooded many low-lying areas.

The weather office here forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu over the next two days and said a low pressure had formed over the southwest bay of the Sri Lanka coast.

The let up in the downpour in Chennai and the neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram came as a respite to the residents as heavy rain had thrown life out of gear, leading to flooded areas and traffic snarls.

However, the government has ordered that schools remain closed in these three districts.

S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, said the heaviest rainfall was in Palayamkottai (Tirunelveli district), which recorded 13 cm of rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am today (Thursday), according to statistics provided by the Regional Meteorological Centre.

Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi district recorded 9 cm of rain, while Chennai received 4 cm of rain, he told reporters.

"A low pressure has formed over the southwest Bay of Sri Lanka coast. During the last 24 hours, fairly widespread rainfall occurred over Tamil Nadu," he said.

In the next two days, moderate rainfall was expected in many places in South Tamil Nadu and a few areas in the northern coastal parts of the state, he said.

Heavy rainfall was also expected at one or two places over south Tamil Nadu and delta districts, Balachandran said, and advised fishermen in the coastal areas of the regions to be "cautious".

As far as Chennai was concerned, some light spells of rain were expected in the next two days, he said.

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