Tamil Nadu government has ordered the release of surplus water from the Sembarambakkam lake as it is reaching the 22 feet mark.
PWD officials said that the water level will be monitored and released based on the conditions. The total capacity of the lake is 3,645 mcft.
Meanwhile, IndiGo has cancelled 24 flights –12 arrivals and 12 departures — in Chennai due to heavy rain triggered by cyclone Nivar, which is set to make landfall around Puducherry on Wednesday night. Most of them are flights using small aircraft ATR-72.
It may be noted that bus services in seven Tamil Nadu districts have been suspended. The state government has said that those involved in essential services will continue to work.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami appealed to people to stay indoors as far as possible and said over 4,000 “vulnerable” locations had been identified and local officials have been told to ensure peoples’ safety.
Deputy Director General of Meteorology, S Balachandran told reports here that Tambaram recorded the highest rainfall of nine cms during the last 24 hours.
It was followed by Nungambakkam and MGR Nagar (8 cms). He said several many places in coastal districts and a few interior places would receive moderate rains till today.