Life in Chennai is in a mess. Monday witnessed a rainfall of 1049.33 mm, which was pretty close to the city’s record of 1088.44 mm recorded way back in November 1918, and Tuesday saw additional rainfall of 208 mm until 5.30 pm in the evening. As a result, flight schedules got disrupted and corporate life has come to a near standstill. Most offices, including IT companies, automobile majors and others asked their employees to go home, as most of the lakes and dams started over flowing. Many areas are flooded.
TCS asked all its employees, across 13 offices, in and around the city to go home after 1 pm. Cognizant decided to close facilities in the city at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and are providing all possible transportation support to ensure safe return of employees. For employees who have chosen to stay back at the facilities to provide uninterrupted 24×7 support to critical client projects, the company has made the necessary accommodation and food arrangements.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the distaster management team have issued flood warnings and are taking measures to evacuate people from the affected areas. The weather department has predicted heavy rainfall over the next five days.
Water bodies in various parts of the city and outskirts including Madurantakam, Perumbakkam and Porur are already running full to capacity, and some of them have started spilling water to neighbouring areas. This is expected to create water logging in the neighbouring areas, already been affected by heavy rains.
According to online weather portal Skymet Weather, another cyclonic circulation is following closely, which is likely to merge with this one. Accordingly, a low pressure area could develop over the region after 24 to 48 hours.