Chennai Marooned in flood waters photos

Chennai Marooned in flood waters photos
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Chennai and several coastal areas of the state were marooned in flood waters following incessant heavy rains that pounded the city and the neighbouring districts cutting the state capital from rail and road links even as the airport was shutdown for the day.

Chennai and several coastal areas of the state were marooned in flood waters following incessant heavy rains that pounded the city and the neighbouring districts cutting the state capital from rail and road links even as the airport was shutdown for the day.

Though the heavy rains that lashed the city and the suburbs and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore for more than a day yesterday have shown a let up since this morning, a continuous drizzle under overcast skies spelled further trouble for citizens.
Teams of army, navy, coast guard and NDRF have been deployed in the worst-affected areas of Tambaram, the southern gateway to the city, Mudichur and Oorapakkam.
The Coast Guard has deployed its boats in some areas in the city that has witnessed unprecedented rains in a short period of time in recent memory.
DG MeT Department Laxman Singh Rathore said, "Extremely heavy rainfall has been occurring for sometime and today Tamil Nadu has witnessed 35 cm of rainfall that has created havoc.
Police and Fire service personnel were also involved in rescue operations. Teams have also been pressed into service in Jafarkhanpet, Saidapet and Kotturpuram on the banks of Adyar and Vadapalani and Valasaravakkam and several areas in the western parts of the city which have been flooded with waters entering residential homes.

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Rain gods didn’t spare any area after a week of respite. Early Tuesday morning showers contributed to inundation in several localities compounded by the incessant lashing that continued throughout the day.

Traffic managers in the city were at their wit’s end on Tuesday with heavy rain flooding all roads and motorists struggling for hours to reach their destination.

Though November rainfall just fell short of breaking 100-year-old record by 38 mm, the December month is likely to breach all records and has also begun on a wet note, rather disastrous way considering the rain repair works were still on in the city bearing the brunt of the northeast monsoon since last month.

Heavy rains on Tuesday pounded several parts of Tamil Nadu and inundating most areas of Chennai, severely disrupting flights, train and bus services and forcing postponement of half-yearly school exams even as the state braced for more showers in next four days.

The total rainfall in Chennai was 119.73 cm till midnight on Monday breaking the 1918 record of 108.8 cm which had stood as the highest record. As the death toll in rain-related incidents touched 188.

Half-yearly exams in schools, which were to have begun on December 7, were postponed. Schools were closed on Tuesday and will remain shut tomorrow as well.

Flight operations also took a hit due to rains. Airport officials said one flight, which had left Colombo this morning, returned.

Met office has cautioned of more showers in the next four days across Tamil Nadu with some regions likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall.

As a result of the rains, Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal and Chembarambakkam reservoirs that feed Chennai have touched 83.8 per cent of its capacity and out of the 14,098 lakes under PWD in Tamil Nadau 6,791 lakes are full.

Jayalalithaa said police, fire and rescue, National and State Disaster Forces and Coast Guard have been kept ready for need-based evacuation of people from flood hit regions.

Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were cancelled due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram - Tambaram section. Also, eleven trains were diverted.

Motorists had a tough time as not only arterial roads like Anna Salai and, GST Road were inundated but also many interior roads. Also, many roads were damaged, with several of them caving in inconveniencing motorists.
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