Chennai rains | Live: Heavy rain expected in the next 24 hours
Schools and colleges have been shut; water logging reported in many parts of the city.
A grim reminder of the year 2015, rains are lashing Chennai and its suburbs since Thursday evening. Bright sunshine in many parts of Chennai on Thursday morning gave way to dark clouds by the afternoon. Rain, which started in the evening, intensified at night, leaving roads flooded and bringing traffic to a standstill in many areas.
11: 15 a.m: Latest forecast:
Thursday’s low pressure area over Sri Lanka and adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal now lies over South west Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast, according to a latest bulletin from the India Meteorological Department.
“Rainfall activity will continue over North coastal Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rain over Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts during the next 24 hours,” according to S. Balachandran, Director IMD Chennai
10: 45 a.m.: Are you travelling in and out of the city? Here’s what you need to know
– No major disruption in train services:
Except for minor delays, there is no major disruption in train services in the city. The section between Kodambakkam and St. Thomas Mount was affected by signalling problems from 9.30 pm Thursday night. The problem was set right and the section restored at 03.20 today morning.
Due to heavy rains Tambaram and Egmore yards flooded.
Suburban Service is pretty regular
– All flight services normal
10: 15 a.m.: Power to be restored by noon
said power has been shutdown in 70 localities across the city which have been identified as “low lying areas
9: 45 a.m.: Arterial subway flooded
City Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan visits the Gengu Reddy subway which is heavily flooded. He says inflow of water is heavy even as corporation staff pump out water.
9: 30 a.m.: Waterlogging in many parts of the city
Waterlogging has been reported in areas like LB Road, Taramani Link Road and Velacherry.
Residents in a few streets of Madipakkam woke up and were shocked to see knee deep water on the streets. There’s no supply of bubble top water cans, newspapers, milk and vegetables and essential services are affected.
8: 15 a.m.:
Just in: Anna University postpones exams due to rains.
The exam that was to be conducted today at Ambedkar Law University has also been cancelled.
The date of the exam will be announced later, a varsity press release said.
8: 00 a.m.:
If you’re out on the road now, you can expect a light drizzle in many parts of the city.
It’s yet another gloomy and downcast morning in Chennai as there is more rain expected to lash across the city.
The Collectors of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram have declared a holiday for schools and colleges.
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Chennai city has recorded 15 cm rain since Thursday evening. The city has received around 49 cm rain since November 1, according to the IMD.
The State government has appointed IAS officers in charge of monitoring rescue and rehabilitation efforts for each of the 15 zones in the Greater Chennai Corporation.
TN CM assigns Ministers for coordination
On a day when torrential rain lashed the city throwing normal life completely out of gear, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami assigned Ministers and officials zones of the Greater Chennai Corporation and Kancheepuram districts to coordinate relief operations.
At a review meeting at the Secretariat here on Thursday, the Chief Minister instructed officials to ensure relief operations and preparatory efforts efficiently on a war footing. In addition to IAS officers, the 15 zones of the Corporation will be supervised by Ministers.
Low pressure over Sri Lanka
A low pressure area has formed over Sri Lanka & adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, according to Met Department.
A low pressure area formed over Sri Lanka and the south west Bay of Bengal will bring moderate rain over most places in southern Tamil Nadu and a few places in the northern coastal districts, S. Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre in Chennai, said on Thursday.