CHENNAI: Non-stop torrential rains considering that previous evening pounded numerous areas of Chennai and its suburbs and Puducherry triggering a deluge entirely disrupting standard daily life as military was deployed tonight in two suburban regions to undertake rescue on a war footing.
Two columns of army’s Garrison Infantry Battalion have been pressed into provider in Tambaram and Oorapakkam right after the Tamil Nadu federal government sought navy guidance. The Navy is also on stand-by.
“A lot more army personnel are coming to Chennai from Bengaluru,” a Defence General public Relations official mentioned incorporating “they have currently left for Chennai.” All flight functions at Chennai airport were suspended tonight.
11 overseas and 9 domestic flights from the airport had been put on maintain as no landing or get-off was allowed until late in the night. Officers stated they may possibly assessment the choice at midnight to take a contact on resuming operations.
A senior airport formal explained even though the runways ended up cost-free of water logging, they suspended flight operations as a precautionary evaluate pursuing waterlogging in some other areas, adding, they did not want to take a opportunity.
The rains that have almost broken a one hundred-12 months-outdated file with one day’s rainfall covering a month’s regular also flooded regions in Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam as close by lakes overflowed into the city.
Introducing to the woes, Chennai city and neighbouring districts braced for much more rains as the Fulfilled deparment predicted weighty to quite hefty rains in the up coming four days.
Most locations of Chennai, which have already been lashed by rains for over a fortnight, went under drinking water nowadays seriously disrupting prepare and bus services and forcing postponment of fifty percent-yearly university exams and closure of colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.
A massive element of the highway in close proximity to Madhya Kailash temple in the heart of the town in an area that connects the IT corridor, caved in ensuing in a huge crater and disrupting targeted traffic. Even in hitherto unaffected locations, men and women complained that water entered their houses and roadways flooded with surging waters. A number of places in the town went without electrical power as offer was minimize as a security precaution.
The circumstance has worsened in suburban areas of Tambaram and Mudichur after the Chembarakam lake overflowed and an unparalleled 26,000 cusecs of water was being launched flooding the downstream regions. These locations had previously experienced greatly during the earlier spells of rains.
National Catastrophe Rescue Drive has presently despatched ten teams of which 4 are currently in Chennai and the rest will be traveling in tomorrow. “At the identical time, we are also requisitioning teams from Bengaluru and Andhra Pradesh,” NDRF chief O P Singh mentioned.
Rescue perform will start and NDRF would deploy more teams if needed. Groups carrying boats will also be despatched to Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.
As the dying toll in rain-related incidents touched 188, Chief Minister Jayalalithaaa reviewed the situation and deputed ministers to examine the impacted regions.
50 percent-yearly examinations in educational institutions, which had been to have begun on December seven, had been postponed. Schools were closed nowadays and will continue to be shut tomorrow as properly.
Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were cancelled owing to drinking water overflowing on railway tracks amongst Villupuram – Tambaram part. Also, eleven trains ended up diverted.
Motorists experienced a tough time as not only arterial roadways like Anna Salai and, GST Highway had been inundated but also a lot of interior roads. Also, numerous roadways were broken, with several of them caving in inconveniencing motorists.
Puducherry and its suburbs ongoing to be lashed by large rains because very last evening and it recorded fifteen.2 cm rain in the final 24 hrs ending 0830 hrs nowadays.
Met office has cautioned of far more showers in the next four days throughout Tamil Nadu with some locations probably to witness weighty to really large rainfall.
An Crisis Response Group of the Navy comprising 16 sailors and Gemini boats are completely ready right here at INS Adyar to help rescue operate, the Defence Pro explained.
Equally, Air Drive is also ready to render the essential help. “Armed forces are totally geared up to assist rescue initiatives,” he stated.
A Remotely-Piloted Vessel able of rescuing stranded folks has been stored completely ready at INS Parunthu Naval Air Station at Ramanathapuram, he said.
Nearly 4000 people living on the financial institutions of Adayar river in Chennai ended up evacuated to safer zones, officials mentioned.
The river was working in spate adhering to discharge of extra h2o from Chembarambakkam reservoir.
As a precautionay measure, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board switched off electrical power in the suburban places exactly where it is supplied by way of overhead cables in the wake of deaths due to electrocution.
Jayalalithaa said law enforcement, fire and rescue, Countrywide and Condition Disaster Forces and Coastline Guard have been held completely ready for need to have-dependent evacuation of folks from flood strike locations.
She reviewed the situation arising out of large rains in districts which includes Chennai, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and Kanchipuram districts.
Jayalalithaa also requested postponement of half-yearly exams for faculty kids to subsequent month previously slated to be held from December 7.
As a result of the rains, Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal and Chembarambakkam reservoirs that feed Chennai have touched eighty three.8 per cent of its capacity and out of the fourteen,098 lakes beneath PWD in Tamil Nadau 6,791 lakes are total.
“I have ordered officers to get precautionary steps ahead of releasing surplus waters from reservoirs and evacuate individuals living in lower-lying regions,” she said.
She also requested a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of every single of the 4 folks who ended up killed in rain-relevant incidents a few days in the past in different elements of the point out.
Puducherry Main Minister N Rangasamy has sought fast interim economic help of Rs 100 crore from the Centre, to just take up reduction functions. In a launch, Rangasamy said he had prepared to Key Minister Narendra Modi and Residence Minister Rajnath Singh, searching for quickly an interim relief of Rs 100 crore to cope with the predicament arising out of the rains.