Rains lashed Puducherry town and surrounding areas bringing relief to residents here on Monday.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Chennai and Puducherry region received 14.1 mm between 8.30 am on Sunday and 8.30 am on Monday. The rainfall received from 5.30 am to 5.30 pm on Monday is 22 mm, IMD sources said. Showers accompanied by thunder resulted in water-logging in several parts of the town and civic authorities were caught unprepared for such heavy rains.
Most of the drains overflowed as they were blocked with garbage. Civic workers swung into action to clear it even as the rain pounded.
Traffic snarls were witnessed at Indira Gandhi Square and Rajiv Gandhi square, two of the busiest junctions, as traffic signals failed and vehicle movement had to be managed by cops.
Some of the areas like Karuvadikuppam, Krishna Nagar witnessed water-logging but the water did not stagnate for long as rain intensity reduced towards afternoon.
The rains, which brought relief to the people at the start of ‘Agni Natchathiram’, may occur in patches in next two days, but mercury will soar after it, weather sources informed.
The Met department predicted rain or thundershower at many places over South Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and a few places in north Tamil Nadu.