Chennai schools closed an hour earlier on Monday after heavy downpour
State government on Monday ordered closure of schools an hour earlier than scheduled after heavy downpour in Chennai.
Met department has blamed the north east monsoon for downpour that struck the southern coast recently for traffic congestion and water logging in several areas of the city. Intermittent rain, heavy at times have been forecast for Monday.
Bad traffic jams were reported on some major roads in the city including Velachery and OMR. A tree that fell in the Mambalam area blocked traffic.
In December 2015, Chennai was flooded after the heaviest rainfall in over a century, paralyzing the airport and flooding factories in the state that is home to nearly 70 million people. At least 150 people died that year in heavy rain.
Chennai Corporation Commissioner and Special Officer Mr Karthikeyan, said the city is geared up. He added “So far we’ve desilted storm water drains over 1037 km. We have identified around 300 chronic water stagnation points. We have 400 high powered suction pumps ready.”>