TAMIL NADU

Rain wreaks havoc in coastal districts

Vehicles wade through the water-logged Millers Road in Kilpauk, Chennai, on Monday —Photo: R. Ragu

Vehicles wade through the water-logged Millers Road in Kilpauk, Chennai, on Monday —Photo: R. Ragu  

Neyveli receives over 45 cm in a few hours; nine killed in northern and central regions

Heavy rain pounded the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu on Monday, with Nevyeli receiving a whopping 45 cm of rain within few hours between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Chidambaram recorded 21 cm followed by Vriddhachalam (13 cm) and Kollidam (10 cm) on Monday till 5.30 p.m. The rain also wreaked havoc in parts of Puducherry and Chennai.

According to reports, nine persons were killed various incidents in northern and central districts of the State.

The deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal which lay centered about 40 km east-southeast of Puducherry, crossed the north Tamil Nadu coast near Cuddalore later in the evening. The weather system had triggered heavy downpour in north Tamil Nadu and many places along the coast received heavy to very heavy rainfall since Sunday.

The deluge swamped several places, including Neyveli, Cuddalore, Chidambaram and Chennai as incessant rain lashed the towns throughout the day.

Though the weather system was initially expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm, the Meteorological Department finally said that it would cross the coast as a deep depression since the system was moving closer to the coast at a rapid speed.

During the past 24 hours that ended at 8.30 a.m. on Monday, several weather stations received heavy rainfall. Those in Kattupakkam in Kancheepuram district, Sirkali and Anaikaranchatram in Nagapattinam district recorded 20 cm of rain.

S.R. Ramanan, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Chennai, said that the deep depression would continue to bring heavy rain over north Tamil Nadu.

While few places in coastal districts are likely to receive heavy rain, one or two places might receive very heavy rainfall of more than 13 cm. However, more rain is likely over northern Tamil Nadu even after the system crosses the coast, he said.

Residents might get a break from the downpour on Deepavali day as the department expects light to moderate rain in the coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

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