Chennai rains have been lashing the capital city of Tamil Nadu for the past 24 hours. So much so that three-digit rains have been witnessed over the Nungambakkam observatory of the state capital to the tune of 116 mm. The Minambakkam observatory witnessed even more rains at 169 mm during the same time frame. Not only this, waterlogging has also been reported in many parts of the city.
While the rains were not as intense during the day, the night time saw heavy showers lashing the capital city. Hefty showers continued throughout the night time. The non-stop rainy episode has reminded the residents of the 2015 floods which had wreaked havoc over the entire city of Chennai.
The December in which Chennai witnessed record breaking rains in 2015 is something Chennaiites will never forget. The deluge had wreaked havoc over the entire city. The rain saga continued for quite some time and massive damage was observed in the city in terms of life as well as property.
This year, heavy rains have been recorded in Chennai during the last 24 hours. Not only this, forecast suggests that Chennai is expected to witness moderate to heavy rains during the next two to three days as well. This has once again evoked the unpleasant memories of the floods.
The 2015 floods occurred due to a depression which was persisting over the region. However, this time, only a cyclonic circulation is persisting close to the area.
Moreover, Northeast Monsoon which commenced on a lighter note has become active over the region. Thus, moderate winds have resulted in heavy showers over Chennai which are expected to continue furthermore as well.
However, we must wait and watch whether the quantum of rains will lead to severe flooding over the region or not. There may be waterlogging and localized flooding in some areas.
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