Rain attacks Chennai

  • c16Many areas flooded
  • Citizens suffering
  • Airport closed
  • Trains stopped
  • People shifted to safer places
  • No power
  • No water
  • No Milk
  • Vehicular movement slows down

Chennai under attack of rain. Many areas of the city were flooded. Tuesday’s worst downpour battered Chennai city with a 20 cm rainfall in 14 hours since 8.30am left more than half of the city marooned.

The Tamil Nadu government has announced holiday for schools and colleges while most of all the factories and offices too closed.

By Tuesday noon, power supply was suspended in almost 60% of the city locations. As the water level is increasing, several hospitals stopped functioning. The city airport was temporarily shut till Wednesday morning and the operations will resume only after a review meeting by the airport director assess the safety of runways as the water from Adyar river had started entering the runways and parking bays.

Residents in southern suburbs were the worst affected. When thousands of people who went to the city for work on Tuesday were stranded at different points en route to their home after bus and train services stopped. Tambaram and Mudichur areas were maximum affected with hundreds of houses submerged in water. Southern suburban railway stations were flooded people after many who had to reach further southern suburbs could not find vehicles. The main GST road, connecting city with southern districts is fully cut off from the main city and vehicles were seen floating on the road by Tuesday night.

All flight operations at the Chennai airport were suspended until further orders after the runway and the tarmac were flooded. Since Tuesday morning, Chennai has received 12 cm rainfall; its suburbs have received 18 cm.

Showers also lashed Tamil Nadu’s northern districts and areas in Puducherry, disrupting flight movement and leaving several areas inundated. The meteorological office said the trough of low pressure was now over the southwest bay adjoining Sri Lanka off Tamil Nadu, and would bring more rain Wednesday. “Scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall over coastal districts is expected,” said a meteorological department official. Thambi Narayanan, deputy director general, meteorological department, Chennai said heavy rainfall was expected in the state for the next three days.

The rains in Chennai have virtually broken a 100-year record with one day’s rainfall covering a month’s average. Tamil Nadu has announced holiday for schools and colleges while most of the factories and offices too closed. Residents of southern suburbs were the worst affected. When thousands of people who went to the city for work on Tuesday were stranded at different points en route after bus and train services stopped. Showers also lashed northern districts and Puducherry, disrupting flight movement and leaving several areas inundated. The meteorological office said the trough of low pressure was now over the southwest bay adjoining Sri Lanka off Tamil Nadu, and would bring more rain.

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