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Chennai Rains: Met Issues Red Alert For Chennai And Its Suburbs

Chennai Rains: The India Meteorological Department issues red alert for 16 districts, including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram

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Chennai was lashed with heavy rains causing flooding in many parts of the city. The water has stagnated in at least 41 locations in Chennai. Areas like Velachery, Madhavaram, Nungambakkam and Royapuram were flooded. Private weather bloggers said this was the ‘heaviest rain’ the city has experienced since 2015. The city experienced heavy rain due to the forming of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

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Many Chennai residents took to Twitter to tweet that water had entered their homes after the incessant rainfall through the night. Residents were seen wading through water almost up to ankle height. Pictures shared on social media showed vehicles traversing through flooded and inundated roads. Vehicles were partially submerged due to waterlogging in many areas of the city.

The rains that lashed the city relentlessly since Saturday night are likely to continue as thunderstorms for Sunday as well. IMD has issued a red alert, as water from three reservoirs in the city is expected to be released on Sunday. People from low lying areas are being evacuated.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin visited rain-affected areas in the city. He has asked MLAs to visit their constituencies to oversee the situation as well.

Heavy rain is expected to lash Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Ranipet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nilgiris, Salem, Erode, Namakkal, Kallakuruchi, Tiruvanamalai, and Tiruchy.

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