Wettest May in six years in Chennai, and it's not over yet

The city received 127mm of rainfall till Tuesday evening and more heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday.

Published: 18th May 2016 07:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th May 2016 01:31 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: A day after simmering electoral race, heavy rains lashed Tamil Nadu with Chennai registering its wettest day in the month of May in six years. The city received 127mm of rainfall till Tuesday evening.

You can expect more heavy rainfall on Wednesday, according to met officials. The last time that Chennai received more than 100mm of rainfall in May was in 2010, during cyclone Laila.

The slow moving system on Tuesday evening was about 125 kilometres south east of the capital city. As per present situation, the system will turn into deep depression and move in the northwest direction and come close to Chennai by 5.30 am on Wednesday,” said S Balachandran, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, He said heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur in places in north coastal and north interior regions of the State. 

The State government has also issued a warning to the public and fishermen to take precautionary measures and stay safe in view of heavy weather forecast. All district administrations are directed to keep a close watch. In and around Chennai, Chembarabakkam received 177 mm of rainfall from Monday midnight followed by Kattankolathur 171 mm, Anna University 127 mm and Nungambakkam 127 mm.

While the rains have caused water stagnation in low-lying areas in the city reviving memories of the floods in December last year, farmers sowing their summer paddy have found the rain a blessing.

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