CHENNAI: One person was killed in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu as heavy rains lashed the state on Monday, according to media reports. In the capital city of Chennai, the showers caused waterlogging and traffic snarls in several areas, with schools and colleges declaring a holiday on Tuesday.
Several schools in Chennai closed ahead of schedule as the city experienced heavy showers. Collectors have announced that all schools and colleges in Chennai and Kancheepuram will remain closed on Tuesday. The Northeast Monsoon, which arrived had its onset on 28 October following the withdrawal of the Southwest Monsoon, brings most of the rainfall to Tamil Nadu.
Parts of Chennai have been waterlogged causing traffic snarls at major roads including Anna Salai, EVR Periyar Salai, Santhome high road, LB Road Adyar. According to The Times of India, Chennai airport has recorded 5 centimetres rainfall till 8.30 am on Monday.
Nagapattinam district has recorded the maximum of 9 centimetres of rain.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that several parts of Tamil Nadu will receive showers as monsoon rains have started over the southern peninsula. However, the amount of rainfall in Chennai is going to intensify over a period of next four to five days. Heavy to very heavy rain rainfall is likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, IMD said.
Last year, the northeast monsoon had brought in a deficient rain in Chennai, however, this year the IMD has predicted normal rain. Chennai on an average receives around 37 centimetres of rainfall over 11 and a half rainy days during November.