• Chennai neighborhoods inundated as record rains lash city
  • Weather bureau expects heavy showers for the next four days

Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and Renault SA were among manufacturers that halted production at their factories in India as monsoon rains lashed the southern city of Chennai, flooding many neighborhoods and disrupting public transport.

The U.S. carmaker said it closed its largest Indian plant Tuesday as employees were unable to reach work as many of the city’s low-lying areas were inundated. The German company also shut down its operations for the day, while a spokeswoman for Renault said the French automaker canceled two production shifts.

This is the second stoppage in a month caused by heavy showers as the city witnessed a record 1,218.6 millimeters of precipitation in November, according to weather forecaster Skymet. The northeast monsoon that typically sets between October and December over India’s east coast, where Chennai is located, is usually accompanied by cyclones and depressions.

The city, a local hub for many manufacturers of vehicles and manufacturers of auto components, is also home to factories of Hyundai Motor Co., Ashok Leyland Ltd. and Daimler AG’s truck business.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai forecasts extremely heavy rain in the city over the next four days.

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