At least 14 people have lost their lives due to the incessant rains across Tamil Nadu of India on Thursday, quoting Kumar Jayanth, principal secretary of the revenue department, ANI reported
The overnight downpour has also led to heavy waterlogging in the capital city of Chennai. Flight operations were also hampered as the Chennai airport authorities announced suspension of arrivals from 1315 hours to 1800 hours due to severe rain and heavy crosswinds. Departures will continue as per the schedule, it said on Twitter.
The popular Marina beach, which runs from near the Fort St George area in the north to the Foreshore Estate in the south, was flooded due to the continuous rain.
Reservoirs in Chembarambakkam, Redhills, Cholavaram, Poondi, and Veeranam reached their maximum capacity and water was discharged from them on Thursday morning.
According to the ANI report, around 150 personnel have come to Chennai for rescue operations.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rain is caused by a depression in Bay of Bengal, which is moving towards Tamil Nadu. It will continue to move west-northwestwards and cross the region between north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts around Chennai by Thursday evening.