Heavy overnight rains lashed Chennai and its neighbourhoods on Tuesday, bringing respite to citizens from the scorching May temperatures.
The sky in Chennai will likely remain partly cloudy, with the temperature ranging between 28 and 36 degrees Celsius. Fishermen in the area have been advised not to venture into the sea.
The combined water storage of the five reservoirs - Chembarambakkam, Red Hills, Poondi, Thervoy Kandigai and Cholavaram - stands at 8,824 mcft while it was 9,337 mcft at the same time last year.
Following the withdrawal of the Northeast monsoon, the Chennai Corporation has formed teams that includes deputy commissioners to monitor road repair works.
He also pointed out that the failure of the RMC in giving accurate predictions results in total disruption of normal life and movement of health care support systems.
Responding to a question, the Chief Minister said on Thursday alone, various parts of Chennai had received more than 20 cm of rain and every official is working overtime to restore normalcy
The police have urged the motorists to choose the roads wisely and drive carefully.
Heavy rain caused water logging in Chennai which affected traffic movement at Jemini bridge and Valluvar Kottam, Thyagaraya Nagar (T. Nagar) and Usman road of the city.
Mall authorities confirmed that nobody was injured due to the mishap.
Government offices, educational institutes to be closed in Chennai and nearby districts due to rains
The Chief Minister on Thursday night inspected areas that were affected by flash rains in Chennai and expedited the relief works as well as works on evacuating the stagnated rainwater in a few places.
Rains that caught weathermen unawares, continues; red alert issued for four districts including Chennai
Late in the evening, the IMD issued a red alert for Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and Chengalpett districts.
"The annual rainfall of 2015 is overtaken by 2021. The year 2021 is the third wettest year of all time behind after 2005 and 1996," weather blogger Pradeep John tweeted.
Residents of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board tenements in Semmancheri were worried about the sewage-mixed rainwater leading to mosquito menace and spread of diseases.
Chennai, Chengelpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts declared holiday for schools and colleges on Monday and Puducherry declared a holiday on Monday and Tuesday, in the view of heavy rains.
The flood waters have brought insects and tadpoles into homes and vacant plots serve as breeding grounds, some residents alleged.