CHENNAI: On a day when 12 cm of rain lashed the city submerging many of the arterial roads, Meteorological Department officials on Sunday said a system in the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression and is expected to turn into cyclone ‘Roanu’ which would result in heavy rainfall in and around the city. According to a Met Department official, the depression is located 450 km southeast of the city and is expected to cross the coast between Chennai and Karaikal on Monday night. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu, particularly along the northern coast of the State and Puducherry, in the next 24-48 hours with wind speeds up to 45-60 km/h, the official added.
Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur by the district collectors due to heavy rains and fishermen have been urged not to venture into the sea. Chennai has already received nearly 12 cm of rainfall on Sunday and 43 cm in the last 36 hours due to which several streets without proper storm water drain facilities continued to remain flooded.
Meanwhile, people who were making last-minute Deepavali purchases had to visit nearby shopping areas due to the continuous spurts of heavy rainfall during the day. Low-lying regions in north Chennai like Kodangaiyur and Perambur were inundated by the heavy spells. In Velachery, there was acute water stagnation in areas like VGP Selva Nagar Extension. There were power cuts on and off during the day and appliances suffered a short circuit or even burst due to power overloads, said Praveen Kumar, who resides in south Chennai.