On Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in areas of Tamil Nadu, including northern Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengelpet, Kancheepuram, Ranipet, Villupuram, and Cuddalore districts, suggesting heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the weather system was traveling west-northwestwards at a speed of 4 kmph in its last advisory. At 8.30 a.m., it was 130 kilometres east-southeast of Chennai and 150 kilometres east-northeast of Puducherry. By Thursday evening, it was expected to continue moving west-northwestwards, crossing the beaches of north Tamil Nadu and bordering Andhra Pradesh between Karaikal and Sriharikota, near to the north of Puducherry.
On Thursday, several highways in Chennai were flooded. Commuters were diverted across the city when the traffic police shuttered at least seven roadways and 11 subways. Some suburban trains were suspended, while others were delayed, due to waterlogging on rail tracks. Flight operations were normal, according to the Airport Authority of India, and additional measures were made at airports due to the bad weather.
In Tamil Nadu, constant rains have caused havoc on the capital city, inundating neighborhoods, uprooting trees, and caving in highways. It’s been difficult for commuters to get to their destinations. Chennai’s Marina gives a disastrous look.
A depression in the Bay of Bengal, some 130 kilometres from the city, is likely to cross the coast of north Tamil Nadu this evening, causing the persistent downpour.
Rainwater even got into ESI Hospital in KK Nagar, Chennai. OPDs and Covid wards, according to Dr. Mahesh of ESI Hospital, were not affected.