Today heavy rain has beat-up normal life of coastal areas of the state, including Chennai, Nagapattinam and Trichy. The weather forecast calls for more showers in the next 48 hours over coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. Due to the heavy rain, over 150 people were killed and many others injured in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu on 5th December, 2010.
The main cause of the heavy rains is the low pressure trough in the Bay of Bengal. According to the weather department, “the rain will continue on Today (Monday, Dec 6) at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and at many places in interior Tamil Nadu as a fresh low pressure trough has created in Bay of Bengal.”
As a result of flood-like situations, the state government has officially announced the holidays for schools and educational institutions in Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, and Trichy on Monday. They also warned fishermen for not doing venture into the sea. Most of the deaths were caused by wall collapses, electrocution, lightning and drowning in flood waters.
The weather department measured 11.3mm rain with max 25.2°C and min 23.7 °C on Sunday in Chennai. Incessant rain flooded some areas in the city so office goers and school and college students are facing difficulties.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Chennai bulletin thunderstorm with rain estimated today and tomorrow (December 6 and 7).
After the heavy rains, the rain affected areas including Villupuram, Tirunelveli, Rameswaram, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Tuticorin and Sivaganga has been visited by senior state government officials. In these districts, they have also interacted with affected people to get the first hand information about the damages.
The forecast calls for the heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday. The weather will be warmed with maximum 29°C on Wednesday afternoon. Forecast also calls on Wednesday for 20 percent chance of precipitation and rain. On Thursday, the weather may be partly cloudy and perhaps people will also face again heavy rain situation. Overall the whole weekend will be passed with rainy atmosphere.
Chennai weather (6th Dec.)
Temperature: 22 degrees
Wind: From NorthWest at 14 kmph