Chennai: After a brief lull, heavy rains started last night leaving many parts of Chennai, especially its southern suburbs and the city’s neighbouring districts of Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur, flooded. The sustained rainfall over a period of one week has inundated the State resulting in the death of at least 14 people, according to sources
Government officials, civic workers and Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency etc have been working overtime to prevent casualties and rescue people from waterlogged areas like Mudichur, Kodungaiyur, Selayur and Madipakkam.
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
The disaster management team is employing unmanned aerial vehicles to oversee the operations. One of the officials said, ‘We are using helicams to get a bird’s eye view of the damage in Varadarajapuram near Tambaram. We would be going to Chembarambakkam lake to inspect its water levels. We are operating in three groups with one of our group stationed at Tambaram. We would be goimng to North Madras next to oversee operations there.’
In Manimangalam two pregnant women were rescued by Kancheepuram flood relief team headed by Amudha. They were moved to safe zone using boats and a medical team immediately inspected their health after the rescue operation.
Rains continued to lash this metropolis and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram,
THiruvallur besides other regions of Tamil Nadu, even as the MeT department forecast more rainfall due to a low pressure area persisting in the Bay of Bengal.
Commuters had a harrowing time due to delayed services of buses and trains and severe traffic snarls. Mild rainfall was recorded in some areas in the state, moderate in others and heavy in some pockets.
Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, were shut today as well and several university exams were postponed. The state-level National Talent Search Exam scheduled was deferred to 18 November.
Civic authorities, including corporation officials, district collectors (Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur) coordinated relief work. Today, a bunch of Ministers oversaw rescue operations. School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan, who supervised works at Narayanapuram, said, all steps are being taken to prevent water-logging and flooding.
Electricity supply was suspended in inundated areas such as parts of M K B Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to
SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ
Netizens posted updates about traffic diversions and inundated areas on social media and volunteers distributed food packets and water in affected areas of Nanmangalam and Pallikaranai here.
CM STEPS IN
Chief Minister K Palaniswami had yesterday visited many waterlogged parts of the city and its suburbs, insisting that his government was working on a ‘war-footing’. He was accompanied by his deputy O Panneerslevam and senior officials.
TRAINS NOT ON TRACK
A release from the railways said showers caused track ‘circuit based signalling to fail’ due to water logging in Chennai Division, affecting punctuality between Kodambakkam-St Thomas Mount stations in the southern sector from 9 pm yesterday and it was restored at 9.50 pm.
This was also the case at the northern Tondiarpet and Korukkupet route at 9.35 pm and services were restored at 5.45 am today, the release said.
“Wherever automatic signalling got affected, trains got slightly delayed since they had to be dealt with manual signals instead of automatic signals,” it said.
There were also some power tripping issues in railway routes, including the northern suburban Chennai Beach-Central- THiruvallur. Power was immediately restored by extending supply from adjacent sub stations within a few minutes, they said. This morning, a rail fracture was detected between St Thomas Mount and Pallavaram stations and it was attended and set right soon after, they said.
“Except for some minor delays, train services including Chennai Suburban Services are being maintained normally and monitored continuously by railway officials,” they said.
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