|10 years record broken this August|
|August 23, 2010 04.15 PM|
|Rains that lashed Chennai throughout
the day on Sunday left the city and its residents sinking in water.
Normal life was thrown out of gear and several roads were left water-logged.
Worse still, weatherman S.R. Ramanan, director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre said that he expects more rains for another 24 hours. If that happens, this will be the wettest August in a decade, crossing the 2007 record of 166 mm. So far 156 mm rains have been received this month.
“The unusual rains, since Saturday, were due to an upper air circulation over south west and adjoining west central bay of south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu”, said S.R. Ramanan.
The continuous rains, however, has led to the inundation of many roads, turning them into waterlogged stretches and dangerous. The reservoirs feeding Chennai’s water necessity were filling up.
On Sunday alone, Chennai received rainfall of 28.7 mm in Nungambakkam and 22.4 mm in Meenambakkam between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM. The rains were spread out through the State as also Puducherry, which received 47 mm rains. Cuddalore recorded 75 mm of rain, Vellore 42.2 mm, Madurai 3.3 mm, Coimbatore 0.7 mm, Tiruchi, 13.6 mm and Salem 5.5 mm.
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