Civic authorities in Chennai have started massive emergency preparations as the record rainfall in the city brings life to a standstill.
The city has reported more than 20 centimetres of rain in the past 24 hours, which makes it the wettest one day May month rainfall since 1995.
According to reports, four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams arrived in the city on Wednesday with 24 boats, which have been stationed at multiple locations for emergency rescue.
The reason of the rains is the depression in the Bay of Bengal which currently is centered at 13°N and 80.8°E, which is abeam Chennai, around 90 km east of the capital city.
On Wednesday morning, a cyclone warning was issued and Chennai MET forecasted heavy rains in the next 24 hours.
However, later in the day, the Chennai MET Dept said that rainfalls will decrease by tomorrow afternoon as the deep depression has moved from TN coastal waters and has entered Andhra coastal waters.
Now it lies 140 km east of Nellore, says the report.
Deputy DG of Meteorology Dr SBalachandran said: ” In Chennai, rainfalls will decrease by tomorrow afternoon, the city will face drizzling and at times moderate rains.”
However,with memories of the December floods in the city that killed nearly 350 people in Tamil Nadu and had caused widespread destruction, the civic authorities have done all preparation to handle an emergency situation.
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has been appointed to supervise flood-related relief efforts and safety measures in each of Chennai’s 30 zones.
Moreover, nearly 12,000 people have been deployed across the city to conduct the operations.
An Emergency number- 1070 has also been announced to report rainfall-related issues.