During this North East Monsoon, Chennai has received more rainfall than usual. It has received 82 percentage of rains.
North East Monsoon rains commenced on 28th October in Tamil Nadu. There were also rains in Puducherry. Heavy rains lashed in northern districts like Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore. Neyveli in Cuddalore District received 480 mm rainfall while Kancheepuram recorded 340 mm rains.
Met department said that Heavy rains that sank Chennai city in 24 hours was the highest rainfall in the last 10 years. Chennai had 246.5 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours which breaks the record of November 2005 which saw 142.4 mm, said Thambi Narayanan, deputy director general, meteorological department, Chennai. He said the highest rainfall during the north-east monsoon was in November 1976, when the city recorded a rainfall of 452.4 mm.