Chennai Deluge : Relief from torrential rains still days away

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water logged Chennai International airport
water logged Chennai International airport

Torrential rains are continuing it’s spoilsport in Chennai and surroundings by throwing normal life out of gear. As heavy rains continued to lash Chennai , normal life comes to a standstill. Electricity has been turned off in many areas as a precautionary measure and that has added further to the misery. Schools and colleges are remaining shut for the last two days.

Telephone services taken a hit as several areas were cut-off due to water-logging. Chennai and other parts of the state have been witnessing heavy rain since the past fortnight resulting in floods and severe water-logging. Normal life was hit hard in the capital city due to unprecedented rain.

The weather office in the city has predicted more rains in Tamil Nadu in the coming two days due to low pressure in Bay of Bengal. “Due to low pressure rainfall will continue in next 48 hours in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with some places receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall,” said Regional Meteorological Department Director, S.R. Ramanan.

Most Chennaites feel the deluge as unprecedented. First time in its history, The Hindu newspaper was unable to print its copies on Wednesday as its printing division at Maraimalai Nagar was flooded. Circulation of most newspapers has been badly affected. The airport remains shut and train services remain cancelled.

The worst affected are urban poor living in the low laying areas of the city. Almost all slums have been washed away. People in several flood affected areas in south Chennai were on Tuesday evacuated to safer places on emergency basis. Chennai Collector E. Sundaravalli has issued a flood warning and appealed to families living along the Adyar river to move to safer places after the state government released 20,000 cubic feet per second of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir into Adyar.

As many as 3,500 people, including 1,500 passengers, were stranded on Wednesday morning at the Chennai international airport, which has been closed for operations till Thursday morning following flooding of the runway. Auto majors Ford and Hyundai, Renault have temporarily suspended operations at their plants in Chennai due to floods. People were forced to commute on boats in Chennai as waterlogging left the city inundated. Last week, rain water entered a government hospital forcing the staff to evacuate the patients out of their wards.

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