In the wake of the northeast monsoon, several districts in Tamil Nadu have been recording heavy and incessant rainfall for the past few days and the downpours have caused major disruptions for thousands of people. Chennai, the capital and the largest city in the state, has recorded a historical downpour as several areas in the city are waterlogged.
Earlier, it was speculated that the same trend of rainfall will continue till November 4. However, the latest predictions have cited that the state would be lashed out by more rains. The country's premier weather watchdog, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday - November 2 said that Tamil Nadu will receive rainfall till November 6.
Along with Tamil Nadu, the neighboring regions of Karaikal and Puducherry will receive heavy rains with thunderstorms in the next 24 hours. S Balachandran, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre said that Chennai has been getting unprecedented showers in the last 24 hours. During this period, the highest amount of rainfall was recorded in Redhills at 13 cm and Puzhal at 12 cm.
In Chennai, the rainfall recorded from October 1 to November 1 was 20 cm. Chennai recorded the third-highest rainfall in 72 years on Tuesday - November 1. S Balachandran said that the Nungambakkam observatory in the city recorded eight centimeters of rain during the last 24 hours. He further said that this is the third-highest rainfall recorded in the city in 72 years.
Balachandran stated that Chennai city and other districts like Thiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Vellore, and Ranipet will receive heavy rains for the next two days due to downward atmospheric circulation prevailing over the northern coast of Sri Lanka and the southern coast of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, after a high-level meeting of ministers and officials, Chief Minister MK Stalin said that Tamil Nadu may get 35 to 75 percent more rain. He stated that the storage levels in 43 dams reached 75 to 100 percent of the capacity, while in 17 other dams, the storage level is between 50 to 75 percent. The government has kept the State Disaster Response Force ready to address the challenges owing to heavy rains and to carry out rescue measures.