The historical June shower in Chennai: Heavy downpour inundates the city and sparks major disruption!

Chennai woke up on Monday to a major disruption that was sparked by the historical June shower that has deterred the daily lives of the people. According to the weather watchers, the city has recorded rainfall for the first time in June in 27 years. It was after 1996 that Chennai has now recorded a historical rainfall in June, which on the other hand, came as a respite to the residents after a scorching summer. 

The continuous spells have led the government to declare holiday for schools on Monday in six northern districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai. The city has witnessed spells of heavy rain since midnight of June 19. Though the city remained cloudy on Sunday, there was a little shower and the intensity was visible during the wee hours of Monday. 

The rainfall has caused severe inundations across the city and disrupted the traffic. Several low-lying areas in parts of Velachery, Vepery, Guindy, and KK Nagar have witnessed water-loggings and dozens of trees were uprooted. Around ten flights which were scheduled to land at Chennai Airport were diverted to Bengaluru while seventeen international flights have been deferred from their actual time of take-off due to heavy rains and waterlogging. 

The underpass of Chennai's iconic Kathipara junction was flooded and the junction, which is connecting important roads had witnessed a sluggish traffic and the visuals from the spot have shown that some vehicles got stuck in the inundation and the vehicles were diverted. As the development of disruption has made headlines, the city's civic body has deployed the teams to clear the roads and resume normalcy. 

It has been reported that the areas like Meenambakkam and Nandhanam have recorded 13.7 cm and 11.7 cm rain respectively in eight hours. The Greater Chennai Corporation officials have been taking stock of the situation and expediting the measures to address the disruption. The Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) which boasts to be the city's IT hub has witnessed severe waterloggings. 

The Chennai Corporation has been updating the residents over its measures of clearing the waterstagnation and uprooted trees and also advised to reach out to its helpline, had there been a need of help and assistance. Taking to Twitter, the civic body wrote, "Dear Chennaiites, Please call us at 1913 for any help! You can inform us about water stagnation or tree fall." A team of personnel has been responding to the calls and monitoring the relief measures to resume the normalcy.