Chennai: A red alert has been issued for Chennai and three adjoining districts after heavy rain lashed the city and its suburbs on Thursday, inundating roads and causing traffic congestion in several areas. As per Tamil Nadu disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachadran, three people died in rain-related electrocutions.
Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalepattu are the districts where a red alert, which indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, has been issued. Schools, colleges and non-essential government offices in these districts will remain closed on Friday.
Up to 20 cm of rains have flooded the capital city Chennai as a cyclonic circulation along the coasts triggered heavy rainfall. Waterlogging has led to traffic congestion, causing hardship for commuters who were unprepared for severe rainfall.
Bhnumathi, an HR intern, was stuck at her office for more than two hours. “No buses were coming, and cabs showed 4 times the price, ₹ 800 to reach my home,” she told NDTV.
#WATCH | Tamil Nadu: Heavy rainfall causes traffic jam at Chennai’s Mount Road
Also Read :- Weather Update: Heavy rain and thundershowers likely over parts of Tamil Nadu for next 2 days
Chennai metro says it has announced to extend service timing by an hour till 12 midnight to enable passengers to reach their homes safely pic.twitter.com/1AJCWQ8lSy
— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2021
Chennai metro rail extended services by one hour on Thursday to help stranded commuters. The last metro left by 12 am.
Four subways in the city have been shut. “More than 145 giant pumps are running to pump waters out,” Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said in a statement.
The weather department has forecast moderate rainfall on Friday.
“Very heavy rainfall observed over Chennai & neighbourhood and rainfall activity likely to continue over the region during next 06 hours.
Rainfall recorded from 0830-1945 IST of today (in mm).
Chennai (MRC Nagar) – 198
Nungambakkam – 160,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a tweet at 8:55 pm.
Very heavy rainfall observed over Chennai & neighbourhood and rainfall activity likely to continue over the region during next 06 hours.
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) December 30, 2021
Isolated heavy to very rainfall activity is likely to continue over north coastal Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas of south coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next three days and decrease thereafter, the IMD report said.