Chennai Rains Break Hundred Year Record, Wreak Havoc

Rains returned to Chennai after battering the city for over a fortnight past Diwali on Sunday and on Monday to break almost a century\'s record.

Published: 01st December 2015 09:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2015 09:59 AM   |  A+A-

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Rains returned to Chennai after battering the city for over a fortnight past Diwali on Sunday and on Monday to break almost a century's record.

The last time Chennai took such a heavy blow in 1918 which recorded 108.8 centimeters rainfall, highest on record till the recent showers that brought flood like situation in the state capital and stunned the city.

The total rainfall in the city stood at 119.73 centimeters breaking the earlier record.

It is also worth noting that the MeT's Nungambakkam office was closed from 1943 till 1951, middle of World War II, no records exist for the same period as the MeT office along with their equipments were relocated to the Minambakkam observatory in 1943, former Met department deputy director general Y E A Raj said.

The November '15 rains recorded by the Minambakkam observatory exceeds all existing records of rainfall from both the observatories except for the time during which operations halted in the Nungambakkam office.

November rains cooled the city further with maximum temperature 28.2 degree celcius on Monday wihich was further brought down by 2.3 degree celcius compared to Sunday's maximum temperature. The minimum temperature too fell by 1.2 degrees, reports indicate.

Rains also brought misery to the residents of Chennai especially the flooded localities along the coast causing roads to cave in bringing down power cables that electrocuted at least three people.

MeT said, 2.3cm rainfall was recorded on Sunday till 10.30 pm, and a further 1.9 on Monday, taking the observatory's November record to 119.73cm. The Nungambakkam observatory recorded  106.8 cm for the month, deputy director general of meteorology S B Thambi said.

The highest rainfall recorded in November for the past 30 years stood at 97cm in 1985, which was expected to surpass the 1918 levels, but fell short.

Incessant rains have claimed over 170 lives across Tamil Nadu so far.

Schools and colleges remained closed from Monday, few school have declared holiday on Tuesday as well considering the extreme weather conditions.

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