Even as the northeast monsoon continues to impact the lives of residents of the city and its suburbs, stagnant water, a few accidents and power cuts made Wednesday a difficult day for many.
A portion of Eldams Road caved in around 5.30 p.m. What seemed like a pothole in the afternoon is said to have become bigger and later, there was a crater about three metre wide and two metres deep. Residents had placed branches of trees around it to caution motorists.
Later in the evening, the Chennai Corporation officials came and had the crater filled with sand.
A barricade was put up near the spot. Traffic was held up in the area for around two hours, residents said.
Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded 16.1 mm and 31.2 mm of rainfall during the 12 hours ending 8.30 p.m. Wednesday. The maximum temperature was 28.6 degree Celsius in Nungambakkam and 28 degree Celsius in Meenambakkam.
The showers were attributed to a trough of low pressure extending from south west bay to west central bay off Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast.
A few spells of rain or thundershower are likely on Thursday, according to the Regional Meteorological Department.
In Kancheepuram, a 45-year-old-woman Rathinambal of Mugaiyur, East Coast Road, near Mamallapuram died on Wednesday after a lightning struck her.
According to police, the victim was looking after cattle grazing in a field near the outskirts of the village around noon when sudden showers lashed the area. Subsequently, she was hit by lightning and died on the spot.
Several roads in the city and particularly suburbs have been damaged due to the recent rain. Annie Thomas, who lives near Koyambedu, said the Padi Kuppam Road has been rendered nearly-unusable.
“The road has been dug out for the last few months, and every time there is a shower, the slush and debris make it impossible to ride along the stretch,” she said, adding that one of her friends recently met with an accident in the stretch.
According to S. Karthik, a resident of T. Nagar, many of the lanes of Thirumalai Pillai Road continue to get flooded after every spell.
“Bazullah Road and the lanes off it have not improved at all. We thought the roads will be properly redone after the G.N. Chetty Road Flyover over was built, but sadly, that is not the case,” he said.
The state of the Velachery Main Road, particularly in Kannigapuram, is bad and it slows down the movement of vehicles.
The intermittent showers resulted in a pile up of vehicles along parts of Chamiers Road, Cenotaph Road and Anna Salai.
There was power disruption for more than three hours in several areas in north Chennai.
A senior official of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) said a fault in the 230 KV Tondiarpet substation led to power failure in various parts of north Chennai, including Tondiarpet, Vyasarpadi, M.K.B. Nagar and Royapuram.
The electricity supply, which was disrupted around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, was restored gradually in the affected areas.
Owing to the collapse of the feeder line as a safety measure, power was shutdown in Mylapore, T. Nagar and Chintadripet, the official added.
The official said that even as back feeding of power supply was done to the affected areas, restoration work was under way.
Holiday for schools
The district administration of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur has declared a holiday for schools on Thursday on account of the rain. However, colleges and other higher education institutions in both the districts will function on Thursday, they added.