CHENNAI: Though the cyclone ‘ward’ has gradually weakened into a well marked low pressure area, heavy showers lashed several parts of the city and suburbs on Tuesday.
Residents of many localities, including T.Nagar, Korukkupet, Anna Nagar, Aminjikarai, Villivakkam and Virugambakkam, said incessant showers throughout the day had left their areas waterlogged. Surface wind was also gusty.
As the downpour started early in the morning, several office-goers and school students struggled to reach their destination. Traffic also slowed down on arterial roads.
Incidents of uprooted trees falling over vehicles were reported on Tuesday evening. According to Fire and Rescue Services Department personnel, a tree fell over a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus near Thirumangalam on 100 Feet Road. However, no one was injured. Similarly, a cycle was damaged after a tree collapsed near AGS office, Teynampet.
While the observatory at Nungambakkam registered 71.6 mm of rainfall between 8.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m., the facility at Meenambakkam recorded 25.6 mm during the same period. The city has received 737 mm of rainfall this season from October 1, which is 22 mm above normal, and Meenambakkam registered 70 mm above average, with 804 mm in the corresponding period.
Meteorological Department officials said as the well-marked low pressure area lies over north Sri Lanka and adjoining Gulf of Mannar, the city would receive rain or thundershower, which would be heavy in some areas, till Thursday.
Showers in the city and suburbs have raised hope among water managers as the total storage of city reservoirs stood at 6,648 million cubic feet (mcft) against the capacity of 11,057 mcft. Officials of Water Resources Department said the reservoir at Chembarambakkam received an inflow of 300 cubic feet of water per second (cusecs) and the one at Cholavaram got 600 cusecs owing to rainfall in the catchment area.
The agitation in Andhra Pradesh has led to suspension of Krishna water supply to the city for the past two days. The city has realised 4,000 mcft of Krishna water since its release during mid-September. “This is only a temporary measure. We expect the release of water from the neighbouring State soon,” an official said.
Chennai Metrowater officials said the storage position was not alarming and the daily supply could be sustained till June end with the available resources. “We would be able to tide over summer demand despite 20 per cent loss due to evaporation,” said an official.
The Chennai District Collectorate has announced that all city schools, including Corporation schools, would remain closed on Wednesday on account of heavy showers.
The rainfall recorded in Tambaram for the 24 hours ending 6 a.m. on Tuesday was 6 mm, while it was 41.8 mm and 5.2 mm on Sunday and Monday respectively.
(With inputs from