Chennai floods again. The city received its heaviest spell of rain since the 2015 floods on Thursday evening. There was water logging in several areas and public transport was severely affected. People in Chennai are affected very badly and they cannot do anything without the help of government. Rain lashed the city for close to six hours following a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka. Power cuts were reported in many parts of the city.
The North East monsoon had set in a few days ago and the meteorological office has given a heavy rain warning for coastal Tamil Nadu.Tamilnadu government said it has kept 115 multi-purpose shelters ready in the coastal districts. Local ministers and three senior officers have been designated for each district to co-ordinate rescue. In Chennai, two ministers have been designated for each zone to expedite relief.
Officials said more suction pumps will be put in place to clear the water-logging in Chennai. Government has also appointed separate minister (higher education minister) to neighboring district kancheepuram. Schools in Chennai and other Coastal towns have been closed since Tuesday. In 2015, Chennai witnessed its worst floods in which over 150 people died.Flight operations at the Chennai airport have not been affected, according to airport authorities.
Buses and train service has been affected due to heavy rain.
Ministers and officials are visiting many affected places continuously. Corporation commissioner and police commissioner visited and fastened the rescue works.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised people living in lower areas to move to higher ground where people and animals can take shelter.
People have been advised to avoid entering flood waters and if need be, use footwear. “Stay away from sewerage lines, gutters, drains, culverts, etc,” NDMA tweeted. Metrological centre director S Balachandran said, “A low pressure area has formed over the southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka.This will bring heavy rainfall in the some of the southern and delta districts.There rain will continue for next 48 hours. So people are requested to stay safe with their family.