Heavy overnight rains lashed Chennai and its neighbourhoods on Tuesday, bringing respite to citizens from the scorching May temperatures.
The Tamil Nadu Regional Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted widespread rains across the state this week.
According to sources, the municipality started a bio-mining project at a cost of Rs 3.18 crore in 2019 and the contract was awarded to 'Our Land Pvt Ltd'.
Owing to heavy rains over the past couple of weeks and improper maintenance of branch canals of major lakes, surplus flows have made their way into residential areas in Manapparai town.
As a part of DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin's birthday celebrations, he distributed welfare assistance to women being rehabilitated at a home in Mannarpuram.
Catchment areas of Chittar, Pechiparai and Mambalathuraiyaru dams also received heavy rainfall and around 2,500 cusecs surplus water was let out from Chittar I and Chittar II reservoirs.
The flood waters have brought insects and tadpoles into homes and vacant plots serve as breeding grounds, some residents alleged.
In Malaiyalappatti village, located at the foothills of Pachaimalai Hills crops were close to the harvest stage when the rains came.
Weather models are predicting heavy rains for Chennai during this weekend and up until December 1
The hill station recorded a total of 36 cm of rainfall in three weeks.
During such disruptions in traffic flow, residents said people have been struggling to access hospitals even during emergency circumstances.
The regional meteorological centre here said rainfall activity would pick up pace in Chennai from November 26, with heavy to very heavy spells expected on November 27-28 and thereafter
Last week's heavy rain blocked the underground sewers at Rose Nagar and Thendral Nagar, leading to sewage remaining stagnant not only in these areas but also in Madana Gopalapuram for six days
Though rains have subsided in Tamil Nadu, the delta districts are slowly finding their way back to normalcy after the heavy downpour.
A cyclonic circulation is over the South Andaman Sea at a lower tropospheric level, and is likely to move west-northwestwards towards Tamil Nadu in the next four or five days, IMD said.