Showing posts with label Chennai Rains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chennai Rains. Show all posts

Chennai Floods: As water recedes, Devastation unfolds !!!

As flood waters receded in some parts of rain-ravaged Chennai, the impact of the devastation has slowly begun to emerge with rescue teams stumbling upon a few bodies inside buildings that were marooned.

The most tragic among them was the drowning of an engineer-couple trapped inside their office in Ekkatuthangal. Two days ago, rescue personnel had found the body of an elderly couple in Defence Colony at Nandambakkam.

With many parts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore still submerged, it is feared that the scale of human tragedy could be higher. Sunday’s rains and the forecast of a wet Monday and Tuesday have heightened the anxiety of the National Disaster Response Force, the Coastal Security Group and the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services personnel making their rescue and relief missions much more complex.

As relief work gathered momentum, the metropolis was limping back to normality. Chennai airport is available for all weather day and night operations for all flights. While the domestic terminal was available from Sunday, the international terminal will be functional from early Monday.Train services on all suburban sectors around Chennai will resume operations on Monday. Power supply is being restored gradually across the city.

Meanwhile the State government went on an overdrive to make its relief operations more visible by despatching Ministers to distribute milk and other essentials to the affected people at different locations to fend off criticism that it was doing little on the ground to alleviate the sufferings of those rendered homeless. It also brought in 2,000 sanitary workers from other Municipal Corporations to clear the city’s piled-up garbage.

However, a section of the flood-affected people and volunteers, actively carrying on relief work, complained that the administration needs to walk the extra mile to complete the job at hand. Relief is yet to reach those living in interior areas and localities where the extent of damage was not as grave as in the southern suburbs but nonetheless bad

Rain stopped ; Life at stand still in Chennai !!!!

Life for people in Chennai continues to be difficult though the rains have stopped in the capital. Many areas istill remain under water and supplies of essentials were difficult, said residents. “Water logging continues to be there. The only mercy was that there were no rains,” said a resident.

The water flow in Adyar river has come down and the amount of surplus water was released into the river from the Chembarambakkam lake.

The Southern Railways have announced special trains to Tirunelveli, Rameswaram and Howrah from Chennai Beach station. Though the water was receding in many parts of the city the misery of citizens showed little let up as power remained suspended in many areas as a precautionary measure, officials said.

The power supply was restored in the areas where water has receded, but it was still cut in many other places. Mobile phone services, which had taken a severe beating following the heavy downpour on Tuesday, were partially restored even as other services such as ATMs continued to remain shut.

After a day-long dry spell on Thursday, some areas in and around the city including Kodambakkam, T Nagar and Tambaram received showers in the night but Friday morning saw some bright skies with people out on the streets. The break in rains resulted in a sharp fall in the discharge of waters from Chembarapakkam, Pondi and Puzhal lakes leading to reduction in the water levels of the two rivers that criss-cross the city.
In heavily flooded areas like Mudichur and Tambaram, people were looking up to the skies praying for the rains to stop, and for relief materials.

Safe drinking water continued to remain a luxury for many. Milk and newspaper supplies were erratic and many citizens complained that vegetables were still being sold at high rates.

Transport services were also showing signs of picking up. Train services on the suburban Chennai Arakonnam stretch were partially restored. Southern Railway officials said they were yet to take a call on restoration of services on the other busy Tambaram—Chennai beach route which covers both business and residential areas. The Chennai Metro line continued to witness enhanced patronage in the wake of suspension of bus and rail transport.

Five NDRF teams arrived early this morning for the task at Chennai, an official NDRF spokesperson said.
The force already has 30 teams, with 40 personnel in each, working in the areas of the Tamil Nadu capital and adjoining Puducherry.

The NDRF has also pressed in about 110 inflatable and other kinds of boats and numerous sets of buoys and life jackets with the rescue and relief teams so that the needy and the marooned get help.
NDRF helpline number: 011—24363260,044 – 22641170,  09711077372.

Resilient Chennai !!!

With the record-breaking rainfall in the city and its suburbs could reduce this burgeoning metropolis by the coast into islands of misery, but not break the resilience of its people. People started posting status on twitter and facebook post; updating emergency numbers, places to stay, boats to deployed, docs on call. Even restaurants pitched in helping out with food supply!!

With rivers swelling and submerging bridges and lakes in the suburbs overflowing their banks, several thousands of people were left homeless or stranded in their own homes without food, water and electricity.

The airport was closed for the second successive day and will remain so till Sunday noon; several trains to the southern parts of the city were cancelled; and with even arterial roads closed partially, buses were off the road.

Suspension of power supply and disruption of telephone networks added to the woes. The record rainfall — 29.4 cm in the city and 49 cm in Tambaram in 24 hours from 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday — coupled with the increased discharge of water from reservoirs around the city hampered rescue operations and paralysed life. The previous highest rainfall in the city on a single day in December was recorded in 1901
A portion of a two-decade-old bridge collapsed on the Avadi-Poonamallee High Road near Tiruverkadu on Wednesday afternoon. Water flowing on the channel below the bridge and draining into Parithipattu reportedly eroded the base of the pillars. Suburban train services were cancelled as girders shifted on the bridge across the Adyar, between Saidapet and the Guindy. Water washed away the ballast below the tracks between Urapakkam and Guduvanchery, Southern Railway officials said.

While the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force joined the State Fire and Rescue Services and the police in rescue efforts, the calamity was of such intensity that their combined might was not enough to attend to the number of distress calls pouring through the day.
The Navy has decided to deploy a rescue ship from its Eastern Command in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. With its helicopters stationed here unable to take to the skies, the Coast Guard is flying in choppers from Mumbai and Goa.

Unfazed by the massive crisis, Chennaiites reached out to the homeless, giving shelter and rescuing hundreds of marooned people via the social network. At places such as Tambaram, Mudichur and Velachery in the southern suburbs and Anna Nagar in western Chennai, people rescued fellow citizens from buildings with submerged ground floors and water rising to the first floors. Displaying ingenuity in the face of crisis, they used makeshift boats made of drums and rubber and whatever else they could lay their hands on to bring people to safety.

Rains choke Chennai !!!

Heavy rain returned to Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, battering the already-ravaged coastal areas and bringing life to a grinding halt in Puducherry and Chennai. On Tuesday, torrential rains battered the already-ravaged coastal areas and bringing life to a grinding halt in Puducherry and Chennai.

Heavy rain in the catchment areas of the Chembarambakkam reservoir (25 centimetres between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday) forced the authorities to discharge water at the rate of 20,000 cubic feet per second into the Adyar river. The Chennai Collector issued a flood warning, asking people living along the river to move to safer places.

Roads were flooded and essential services, including trains and buses, were suspended in most locations. As several areas were heavily water-logged, Saidapet bridge has been shut off.

Electricity was turned off in some areas as a precautionary measure. Most flights from and to Chennai were delayed, and those who landed found it tough to get out of the place, since south Chennai, on the fringes of which the airport is located, was among the worst affected. A holiday was declared for all schools and colleges.

Boats had to be called out once again to rescue residents caught in their workplaces and homes, after floodwaters entered the buildings. Water release from the reservoirs and the breaching of over 60 tanks in south Chennai contributed to the extensive damage in the city.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said senior IAS officers were sent to the affected districts to supervise relief works. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Arakkonam, have been sent out for rescue operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted late night that he had spoken to Ms. Jayalalithaa and assured her of all assistance during this “unfortunate hour.”

Heavier rain has been predicted for the areas over the next four days. The Tamil Nadu government also requisitioned the Army’s help for rescue and relief.

Support for the stranded poured in online. From advising on helpline numbers and flooded roads to Tweeter feeds and Facebook status informing various people across Chennai on places to stay and grab their next meal in this tough times. 

Heavy rains predicted for TN & Puducherry !!!

Chennai City seems to be heading for a crisis as the government has started releasing 20,000 cubic feet per second of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir into Adyar. This is the highest volume of outflow from the reservoir in several years. On November 17, a day after the city received over 25 centimetres of rainfall, Public Works Department released 18,000 cusecs of water from the reservoir.

Chennai Collector E. Sundaravalli has issued a flood warning and appealed to families living along the Adyar river to move to safer places. Earlier in the day, it was increased to 5,000 cubic feet per second. The outflow was just 900 cusecs on Monday evening.

After all the battering the city had over the last month, heavy rains resumed overnight on Monday after a brief break for four days. For the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, the rainfall level recorded in the city was 3 centimetres. Between morning and noon, the city received more than 8 centimetres, officials said.

Suburban train services on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram sector were crippled. Services on the Chennai Central-Tiruvallur sector were also disrupted. Arterial roads were flooded and traffic was affected.

The forecast is no better for Wednesday with the weather office forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall for Tamil Nadu, especially over the northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram. It also forecast heavy rains for Puducherry.

“The trough of low pressure now lies over Southwest Bay adjoining Sri Lanka off Tamil Nadu,” officials at the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) told PTI. Under its influence, widespread rains are expected across the State on Wednesday, with the possibility of “scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rainfall over coastal districts,” they said.

The weather office forecast “isolated extremely heavy rainfall” for Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur which have been already been facing the brunt of the northeast monsoon since last month.