Chennai recorded the highest rainfall since 2015 as the city was lashed with incessant showers overnight.
Heavy rains lashed Chennai and its suburban areas overnight leading to all round water-logging and authorities on Sunday sounded a preliminary flood alert to people as three city reservoirs were opened in a phased manner to release surplus water.
The incessant rains from Saturday night 8.30 p.m. till Sunday 5 a.m. left the city inundated and water entered homes in several low-lying areas.
The Public Works Department opened the shutters of the Chembarambakkam reservoir in Chennai, and water is being released at the rate of 500 cusecs.
The shutters have to be lifted as the water level touched 21 feet against its maximum height of 24 feet.
#NorthEastMonsoon-ஐ எதிர்கொள்ள மொத்த அரசு நிர்வாகமும் முழுவீச்சில் முடுக்கிவிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. சென்னையில் கனமழையால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பகுதிகளை நேரில் சென்று பார்வையிட்டேன்.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) November 7, 2021
பொதுமக்கள் 1070 என்ற இலவச எண்ணில் தொடர்புகொண்டு குறைகளைத் தெரிவியுங்கள். pic.twitter.com/rMkJoXsGWo
Officials said that the catchment area of Chembarambakkam has received 52 mm rainfall and the reservoir is receiving water at the level of 600 cusecs.
Chief Minister M K Stalin inspected several inundated areas here along with top officials including Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and directed authorities to take swift action to drain flood water.