The Chennai district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges on Thursday following a warning of heavy rain by the MeT department for the next 48 hours. Educational institutions in Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Villupuram districts have also been shut.
According to the MeT department bulletin, a well-marked low-pressure area lies over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday. The sudden change in weather comes close on the heels of cyclone Gaja that claimed nearly 45 lives and caused destruction and damage to public property.
“Due to heavy rains in Chennai and its surrounding Madras University cancels exams scheduled on 22nd November. Rescheduled date for this exam will be announced soon,” said a statement from Madras University.
“Exams conducted by the University Departments on 22nd November 2018 are also cancelled,” the university said.
Since last evening, rains have been lashing various parts of Chennai and six districts have been put on high alert.
S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, said there was a well-marked low-pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Tamil Nadu.
“This will ensure moderate rain over Tamil Nadu till Saturday. There is no chance for the weather system to intensify into a depression,” he added.
Chennai and its neighbouring districts saw heavy rain on Wednesday evening as well due to a well-marked low pressure area over the southwest Bay of Bengal.