In a major respite to residents, heavy rains lashed Chennai bringing cheer to the people toiling with the drought conditions prevailing in the state.

The rains were accompanied by lightning and thunder in many parts of the city. It was a brief spell of rains but was intense. Rains were experienced in Nungambakkam, T Nagar, Ambattur, Thiruvanmiyur Adyar, Guindy, Anna nagar among others.

The Regional Meteorological Centre of IMD in Chennai predicted there will be more rains in the next two days. With cloudy skies prevailing over the region, moderate rains are likely to occur during evening or night.

The weather department said the maximum and minimum temperatures were expected to be around 37 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively.

Chennai is reeling under severe water scarce conditions. The sudden spell of heavy rains brought much needed respite from the heat and water crisis.

At a time when Chennai’s main reservoirs ran dry, the showers bring hopes of a good monsoon this year.   

The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres, which had recently led to some schools being shut, employees being asked to work from home and hotels rationing their water supply for the guests.

 It was a sigh with relief as the special 50 wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu’s Jolarpettai in Vellore and reached Chennai.

There are plans that the train will carry 25 lakh litres of water with 50 wagons in total of four trips. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu earlier announced that the government will source water to Chennai from the neighbouring districts.


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