CHENNAI: Heavy rain lashed the city and suburbs on Wednesday evening. Many office-goers, who started late from their office, had to stay put in their workplaces as they could not venture out into the blinding rainfall.
The rain, which began around 8 p.m., turned into a heavy downpour soon making two-wheelers and pedestrians take shelter. Pallavan Salai was flooded and buses were parked on either side of the road making it difficult for other road-users to navigate the stretch. The problem was acute for motorists on stretches such as G. N. Chetty Road where construction activity for infrastructure projects is in progress.
Vehicles were stranded on Wall Tax Road which was thoroughly inundated. Two-wheelers and autorickshaws suffered breakdowns keeping the roadside mechanics active. In some localities such as those in western Velachery, power supply was disrupted for sometime. In the southern suburbs of Chennai too, heavy rain was recorded from 6.30 p.m. The rain lasted till about midnight. The limited use subway in Tambaram was inundated as usual during such rains. In St. Thomas Mount too, two wheeler-riders were stranded. Arterial roads were covered under sheets of water.
Meteorological Department sources attributed the rain to thunderstorm activity. Barring some brief respite, the rain continued.