Chennai | Jagran News Desk: The Chennai Airport on Thursday suspended all arrivals till 6 pm today as heavy rains continue to lash parts of the city. The airport authorities cited the safety aspects of passengers and the severity of winds as the reason for the suspension of arrivals. However, the departures will continue as usual. Meanwhile, Kumar Jayanth, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, Tamil Nadu has informed that 14 people have died so far in the state due to incessant rains. 

Incessant rains lashed parts of Tamil Nadu including its capital Chennai on Thursday morning causing waterlogging at several parts of the city including the areas of Nungambakkam, Sterling road, KMC Hospital road and affecting vehicular movement. Localities like T.Nagar, Mylapore, Velacherry, Adyar, Ekkattuthangal and others are waterlogged. While the Greater Chennai Corporation is pumping out water with motors, the water levels remain the same. 

The Kodambakkam area of Chennai even witnessed trees being uprooted with water-logging due to heavy rainfall and wind.

The office of Divisional Railway Manager of Southern Railway, Chennai on Thursday said that the majority of the services from MAS to Tiruvallur had been suspended due to waterlogging of tracks at Avadi and Ambattur.

"Dear passengers, due to waterlogging of tracks at Avadi and Ambattur, most of the services from MAS to Tiruvallur have been suspended. There are delays on the north side towards Gummidipoondi due to heavy rains between Tiruvottiyur and Korukkupet. Please plan travel accordingly," said DRM, Chennai.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted extremely heavy rains in six districts across the state. As per the IMD, the depression would continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai by Thursday evening. The depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred at 5.30 AM on Thursday over southwest Bay of Bengal.

"Depression over southwest Bay of Bengal about 170 km east-southeast of Chennai and 170 km east of Puducherry. Continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu & adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai by the evening of November 11, 2021," IMD said.

"It is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu & adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai by the evening of today," it added.

Citing the latest data, the IMD said Tambaram (Chengalpet dt) received 232.9 mm, followed by Cholavaram (220 mm) and Ennore at 205 mm. The system was being constantly monitored.

 

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan