Chennai Submerged in Floodwaters
Heavy rains lashed Chennai on Wednesday, causing flooding in several areas of the city. The downpour led to waterlogging in low-lying areas, disrupting traffic and daily life. The weather department has issued an orange alert for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, warning of heavy rainfall in the next six days.
Low Pressure System Over Bay of Bengal
The rains were caused by a low-pressure system that moved from the Andaman Sea to the Bay of Bengal. The system is likely to intensify into a depression, bringing more heavy rains to coastal and adjoining districts of Tamil Nadu.
Rainfall Recorded in Chennai
According to the weather department, Meenambakkam and Nungambakkam stations in Chennai received 23 mm and 9 mm of rainfall, respectively, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Wednesday. Cuddalore district received the highest rainfall in Tamil Nadu with 26 mm.
Orange Alert Issued for 25 Districts
As many as 25 districts in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and its adjoining districts of Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram, were under an orange alert till late night on Wednesday. The weather department has warned of heavy rainfall in these districts up to December 5.
Heavy Rainfall Expected for Chennai and Other Districts
The India Meteorological department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Tamil Nadu and neighboring Puducherry, which is likely to receive rainfall ranging from 115 mm to 204 mm between December 2 and 3.
Waterlogging Disrupts Traffic and Daily Life
Several areas in Chennai, including Ambattur, Anna Nagar, and Perungudi, were inundated by floodwaters. The heavy rains caused slow-moving traffic and civic workers had to work overtime to remove excess water from the streets.
Authorities Issue Warnings
The authorities have urged people to stay indoors and avoid venturing out unless absolutely necessary. They have also warned motorists to drive carefully and be prepared for sudden waterlogging.
Residents Advised to Take Precautions
Residents of Chennai and other affected districts have been advised to take precautions to avoid waterborne diseases. They should also boil water before drinking and avoid consuming street food.
Situation Expected to Improve by December 5
The weather department has forecast that the situation is expected to improve by December 5, as the low-pressure system is expected to move away from the coast.
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