Chennai, Nov 16 (BPNS)
The Regional meteorological centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Chennai and adjoining districts will have heavy rains on Wednesday while on Tuesday it will have light rains.
The atmosphere in Chennai and adjoining districts will be cloudy for the next 48 hours, according to the weather report. Heavy rains are predicted on Wednesday due to a low pressure developing and intensifying over the South Andhra coast.
Thunderstorms and light rains are predicted for Tuesday in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Tiruvallur districts. The IMD has also predicted rains in Vellore, Ranipet, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakuruchi, Villupuram, Myladuthurai, and in delta districts of the state.
Puducherry is also expected to receive light to moderate rains on Tuesday along with Karaikkal areas.
Even after there was a respite of heavy rains for the past two days, Chennai and adjoining districts are inundated with water and water has not drained out from many houses in low-lying areas of the city.
Almost all the ponds and lakes in Chennai are full of water and the administration had opened some reservoirs during the heavy rains on last Sunday. However, Poondy reservoir has almost reached its full capacity.
The Greater Chennai Corporation and the district administrations of Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, and Tiruvallur districts that are adjoining Chennai are making preparations for the heavy rains predicted by the IMD for Wednesday.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are kept ready to face any eventuality and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) units are also put in the loop to meet up with the issues that crop up if rains are coming down as expected.
Police, Fire and Rescue forces, Tangedco employees, and health department officials are put on alert to face the situation if it goes out of hand.
Velmurugan, a software engineer with an MNC who works at OMR in Chennai while speaking to BPNS said, “ We were living at Ashok Nagar for the past several years and in the heavy downpour during last week, our housing colony was fully inundated, there was power failure and water was everywhere. The weather warning for Wednesday has made me jittery as we have started thinking of even shifting from our home to some other location where water does not gush in like this.”
Heavy rains have made several people approach psychologists and counselors as people were having anxiety.
Dr. Manoj Mahadevan, psychologist at a leading hospital in Chennai while speaking to BPNS said, “ I was flooded with calls after the rains and the anxiety level of people have gone up. Many youngsters approached me for a solution and with the weathermen predicting heavy rains again on Wednesday, people will again begin to start thinking in the negative and my appeal is to all the people of Chennai to be positive and to have good thoughts. The administration has taken all the precautions even in heavy rains and we can face it.”