Overnight rain leaves Chennai under water; stranded citizens vent ire on TN govt
Heavy rain on Thursday night left people wading through knee-deep water, bringing back fears of 2015’s deluge nightmare.india Updated: Nov 03, 2017 11:03 IST
Heavy overnight rain left large areas of Chennai under water on Friday, sparking angry protests by people in some of the worst affected areas even as India’s fourth most populous city braced for more showers leading to the weekend.
Schools and colleges remained shut for the fourth consecutive day as the north east monsoon dumped heavy rain across the state, inundating low-lying areas in most places including capital Chennai and adjoining districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.
The Anna University and Madras University postponed semester examinations scheduled for Thursday and the government asked IT companies to either declare holiday or allow their employees to work from home, officials said.
The widespread flooding and warning of heavy rain revived memories of a catastrophic deluge which had battered Chennai in 2015, leaving millions of people stranded in their homes and offices and crippling the hub of automobile and IT majors.
In the south Chennai locality of Mudichur, people sat in floodwaters to stage protests against what they said was the government’s failure to solve the problem of watelogging.
“For the past few years this is a recurring problem but officials and MLAs have ignored the area,” one of the residents told a TV channel.
Sources said homes were flooded in Mudichir besides other areas areas in Chennai such as Madipakkam, Velachery, Santhome and Varadarajapuram.
Since Thursday night traffic on most of the arterial roads were crawling through knee-level water.
Police personnel were seen on the flooded roads even at midnight, guiding traffic in heavy thick.
Several vehicles including two-wheelers were stranded on roads as their engines stalled.
Twitter users said several areas of the capital were without power for many hours and mobile connectivity was erratic.
S Balachandran, a top official at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai, warned of “heavy to very heavy rain” on Friday.
Chennai Municipal Corporation commissioner D Kartikeyan told media persons at the Kilpauk subway, where he was inspecting overseeing operations to drain out water by pumps, said Chennai received 18 cm of rain on Thursday during a two-hour period, which aggravated the water-logging.
Chennai corporation also set up 176 temporary rain shelters to house people evacuated from low-lying areas.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami took stock of the situation on Wednesday with his cabinet colleagues including deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and senior government officials.
Palaniswami also appointed ministers to oversee rain relief work in Chennai and in neighbouring Kancheepuram.