Heavy rains pound Chennai, suburbs, coastal & delta districts

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Chennai, Nov 11 : Extremely heavy rains pounded Chennai and its adjoining districts and parts of coastal and delta districts crippling normal life, as the depression over the bay moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph and lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal around 170 km east-southeast of Chennai and 170 km east of Puducherry on Thursday.

It will continue to move west-northwestwards and cross North Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai this evening, the India Meteorological Department said.

A fresh Low Pressure area is likely to form over south Andaman sea on November 13, which is likely to move west-northwestwards and become more marked during the subsequent 48 hours.

As the low pressure became well marked and intensified into a depression and moved closer to the TN coast, the met department has issued red alert for Chennai, Tiruvallur, Ranipet, Vellore, Salem, Kallakurichi, Tirupattur and Tiruvannamalai districts as extremely heavy rainfall (above 20.4 cm) is expected in one or two places and very heavy to heavy rainfall in a few places.

It also predicted heavy to very heavy intensity rains in 11 districts, including Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Fishermen were advised not to venture into southwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and along off Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.


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