CHENNAI: Chennai experienced heavy rain overnight due to the conditions as a prelude to the forming of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal. Private weather bloggers said this was ‘heaviest rain’ the city has experienced since 2015.
The live weather update of the met department showed that Nungambakkam had received 20.8cm of rain while Meenambakkam and Ennore had received 9.4cm and 8cm, respectively, by 8am on Sunday.
“Heaviest rains in Chennai since 2015, particularly in north and central Chennai areas and more clouds are moving in,” weather blogger R Pradeep John posted on his Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page.
The heavy showers caused flooding in many streets and neighbourhoods. T Nagar, Vyasarpadi, Royapettah, Mylapore, Adyar and many parts of the city suffered waterlogging. Many main roads had knee-level of water in the morning. Other affected areas include Tondiarpet High Road, Jeevan Lal Nagar, Great Northern Trunk Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Nagar, parts of Madhavram (Ganapathy Siva Nagar, Deepan Nagar, Raghavendra Nagar), parts of Tondiarpet (T P Scheme Road, Tiruvallur Nagar, Vinobha Nagar), parts of Royapuram, parts of Teynampet ( Khader Nawaz Kahn Road, Sivananda Salai and others), Velachery and Sholinganallur.
Officials of the Chennai Corporation, Metrowater and PWD were discussing if water should be released from Chembarambakkam lake. Evacuations were under way in some areas. Officials said 500 cusecs of water would be released from Puzhal reservoir from 11 am.
The met department had forecast widespread heavy rain in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The department has also forecast that a low pressure would form over the Bay of Bengal and is likely to move towards the north Tamil Nadu coast after becoming more marked low pressure.
Flood complaint numbers: 1913, 044-25384520, 044-25384530, 044-25384540.