Rain lashed Chennai and suburbs for several hours from Thursday evening, throwing normal life out of gear.
It caused flooding on roads. Subways were closed for traffic and motorists had to struggle with poor visibility. The Tamil Nadu state disaster management authority advised residents of Chennai to stay indoors.
Revenue minister R B Udhayakumar has asked people in lowlying areas to move to safe places. He asked them not to worry and not to believe rumours.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised people living in lower areas to move to higher ground where people and animals can take shelter.
People have been advised to avoid entering flood waters and if need be, use footwear. “Stay away from sewerage lines, gutters, drains, culverts,etc,” NDMA tweeted.
Chennai city has recorded 15 cm rain since Thursday evening. The city has received around 49 cm rain since November 1, according to the IMD.