Storm over city, Over 30 trees uprooted in Chennai
Chennai: Gusty winds, heavy thunders and non-stop rains. The effect of the depression over the Southwest Bay of Bengal was much felt by residents of the city. Besides leaving roads and railway tracks water-logged, a child was killed, over 30 trees were uprooted and three sustained injuries. On the positive side, the rain has brought the much needed water to the city, as its reservoirs were running dry.
The Nungambakkam observatory recorded 136.7 mm of rainfall and the suburban Meenambakkam received 166.8 mm. The influence of the cyclonic storm was felt by the northern and coastal districts of the State as copious rainfall was received there.
A subsequently low pressure over Southwest Bay of Bengal, which resulted in pouring rains coupled with winds in the city since yesterday, formed into a depression today. It was cross the coast near Puducherry between 3 and 4 pm.
Deputy Director General, Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, S R Ramanan said the deep depression now lay centered over Southwest Bay of Bengal about 60 km east-southeast of Puducherry would move west-northwestwards and cross the north Tamilnadu coast near Puducherry and south of Cuddalore.
Under its influence, heavy rain would occur at many places in Northern districts of the State, with heavy to very heavy showers. Talking about the forecast for Chennai, officials said that the city, which was battered by nonstop heavy rains since Saturday night, will feel the rage of the storm, dampening the spirit of Deepavali.
Fishermen at Tamilnadu and Puducherry coasts were advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours as the sea conditions would be rough. Power was shut down in many parts of ECR, Tambaram and Kodambakkam and uprooting of trees created a tough time for motorists.
Though schools and colleges were declared holiday, office-goers had a tough time in reaching workplaces. EMU services were disrupted and bus services too were partly hit. But the officials jumped into action soon and cleared trees and water from the roads.
"A neem tree had fallen across the road near the Ashok Nagar police station covering the major part of the two-way road. Though traffic towards Guindy was diverted through the police station road, it took time to reach workspot," commuters said.
Meanwhile, a two-year-old child died and its grandparents were injured due to wall collpase at Panaiyur. A woman was injured in a similar incident at Chetpet. Arterial points like Kathipara junction and Numgambakkam High Road were flooded. On their part, civic officials said all steps had been taken to minimise the woes of people and the situation is being monitored round-the-clock.