Heavy rain cripples normal life in Chennai

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Chennai, Dec 18 (UNI) Normal life in the city was badly affected as heavy rain and gusty winds that started last night continued with the weathermen predicting more rains during the next 48 hours.

Several low-lying areas, particularly North Chennai was under knee-deep water as the city recorded three cm of rain during the last 24 hours.

Korattur, Ambattur, Villivakkam, Kolathur, Ennore and Manali areas in North Chennai and Velachery, Madipakkam, Vijayanagaram, Ram Nagar, Selaiyur, Keezhakattali in South Chennai, were submerged under sheet of water, with hundreds of people marooned.

The weather officials said a fresh trough of low pressure lay over southwest Bay off the Tamil Nadu coast. Under its influence, many places in the state and Puducherry, were likely to receive rain or thundershowers during the next 48 hours.

They said moderate to rather heavy rain is likely to occur over Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanniyakumari district of Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry.

Nungambakkam and suburban Meenambakkam received three cm of rainfall each during the last 24 hours.

Fishermen were warned not to venture into deep sea due to a trough condition in the south Tamil Nadu coast.

Strong onshore winds from Northeasterly direction speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph likely along off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, the officials added.

UNI

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