Evening showers a relief to residents

CHENNAI, MAY 20. After a hot, dry day, marked by interruptions in power supply, the evening showers, came as a welcome relief to city and suburban residents today.

While it was just intermittent drizzles in some areas, other parts of Chennai and its suburbs experienced mild showers catching people unawares.

But heavy rains and strong winds in Tiruttani brought down a railway station platform shelter, injuring ten passengers. Two of them, said to be in a serious condition were shifted to the Government General Hospital, Chennai. The suburban Tambaram, which also experienced strong winds, received 21 mm of rainfall.

Meteorological Department officials here said the thundercloud rains was a usual summer phenomenon. It was a localised one, not widespread.

The forecast is that isolated thundershowers are likely in several parts of Tamil Nadu in the next two days, though Chennai and its neighbourhood will have mainly clear skies during the same period.

According to Metrowater sources, as on date the city reservoirs have an effective storage of 940 mcft, which is just sufficient to meet the requirements for the next three months, at the current level of supply. The Metrowater well fields were being exploited to the extent possible to make up for the shortfall.