Several areas of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, have been inundated due to relentless rains over the past three days. A video has surfaced online showing rainwater entering the popular ESI Hospital in KK Nagar, Chennai. However, a doctor informed that hospital services were not affected by the rainwater. The OPD and Covid-19 services were operational. “All the facilities, including the OPDs, are operational here with the workforce available. Hospital services, including COVID19 services, are not affected, ”Dr Mahesh of ESI Hospital told ANI News Agency.
In addition, Chennai Marina Beach was also flooded after continued rains due to cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Chennai will continue to falter in heavy rains on Thursday as well. The low on the Bay of Bengal will cross the coast between northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh tonight and the city would experience “strong” winds up to 45 km, the meteorological office said. So far, 14 people have lost their lives in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains.
Heavy and continuous rains affected vehicle traffic and caused congestion in the city. The relentless rains have caused waterlogging in several parts of Chennai, including the areas of Nungambakkam, Sterling Road and KMC Hospital Road. The Kodambakkam region of Chennai even saw trees torn down due to waterlogging.
Kumar Jayanth, Principal Secretary of Tamil Nadu’s Revenue Department, said: “13 flooded subways will be cleaned up, 160 fallen trees removed. In the past 4 days, nearly 20 lakhs have received food packages in Chennai ”.
Meanwhile, the Chennai District Administration closed schools and colleges due to the city’s congestion while some train services were still suspended.
Heavy rains have started to hit the city after the arrival of the northeast monsoon that runs from October to December, especially in southern India. Tamil Nadu has received 50% more rainfall for the northeast monsoon from October 1 to now. Chennai district recorded 61 cm of precipitation compared to 41 cm usual during the same period
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