19 Jun 2023

Weather: Heavy Showers Lash Chennai; Schools Closed; Flights Diverted

Chennai: Since the time of the onset of the Southwest Monsoon over the city of Chennai, rains have been far and few. However, in the last 24 hours, Chennai's Meenambakkam observatory recorded a whopping 158 mm of rains. Nungambakkam observatory also witnessed heavy rains to the tune of 85 mm.

According to Skymet, the suburbs of Chennai have also seen rains over 100 mm in some parts. With this, the district administrations have announced the closure of schools in various districts of Tamil Nadu today due to heavy rainfall. Apart from Chennai, schools in Ranipet, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengalpet, and Vellore will also remain closed.

Low-lying areas inundated

Moreover, as per reports, persistent heavy rainfall has caused waterlogging in low-lying areas such as Velachery, Guindy, Vepery, GST Road, and KK Nagar. 

Moreover, several flights scheduled to land at Chennai Airport were diverted to Bengaluru Airport during the early hours of Monday. In fact, many flights bound for international destinations have faced delays.

As per the weathermen, Chennai rains are expected to continue for the next couple of days and might remain heavy leading to more problems for residents in the city as well as its adjoining areas.

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