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Chennai rains: Bay low pressure may bring more rain

Chennai rains: Bay low pressure may bring more rain

During this period, heavy showers were witnessed over the capital city of Tamil Nadu with three-digit rains making lives miserable for several across the city.

"An upper air cyclonic circulation is bringing the rains", said S. Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai. There were brief spells of rain in Chennai and in several parts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts overnight. Following heavy rains holiday has been declared for schools in the city for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Rains are expected to continue throughout the night and as far as the situation looks like right now, the flooding situation will only get worse.

Meanwhile, a minister has claimed that his state is better at managing rain as compared to the United States and the United Kingdom.

Two girls, aged 7 and 9 years, were electrocuted when they were playing near their homes at Kodungaiyur here.

The government announced ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh for each bereaved family.

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"Honourable CM of TN taking stock of situation arising out of #rains (and) giving instructions to Ministers and officers", a tweet from the official handle of Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency said. "They came in spells and we did have gaps in-between", he noted.

Two ministers have been designated for each zone in Chennai to expedite relief.

The traffic moved at a snail's pace as the downpour caused heavy water-logging in various parts of the city, the ANI reported.

The government also sought to allay public fears of overflowing reservoirs.

The combined storage of four reservoirs feeding Chennai - Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam- stood at 1,925 mcft (million cubic feet), as against the full combined capacity of 11,057 mcft, data by the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.

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