Heavy rains throw Chennai out of gear

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Chennai, Nov 20 (UNI) Normal life in the metropolis was virtually paralysed following heavy rains and gutsy winds since last evening.

Several low-lying areas particularly North Chennai were under knee-deep water. Nungambakkam in the city recorded seven cm of rain while suburban Meenambakkam received five cm of rain during last 24 hours.

According to the Meteorological office a trough of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal would bring more rain during the next 48 hours.

The city reservoirs recorded a good inflow following reasonable showers.

A 100-year-old Banyan tree uprooted near Vandalur severelly affected movement of vehicular traffic on the Chennai-Tiruchirapalli National Highway.

According to metro water officials, the cumulative storage in four reservoirs was 8,254 million cubic feet (mcft) as against the full storage capacity of 11,057 mcft.

Officials said with the given storage, sufficient water could be supplied in Chennai city in the coming year.

UNI

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