The news of heavy downpour in Chennai and nearby regions has now spread through the media. The death count due to the heavy shower is 188 and Chief Minister Jayalalitha has deputed ministers to examine the affected areas. Train, bus or flight services remains suspended making commute a major issue of concern among the public. Children got their schools closed and half yearly exams postponed as well. Electricity services have been disrupted in areas as precautionary step.
Man made disaster: Chennai's Worst Rain in 100 Years
The Tamil Nadu capital has reached at an absolute pause where ten teams from the National Disaster Rescue Force has been reported to manage the circumstance.
The city Collector E.Sundaravalli issued a flood alert after highest rainfall of 25cm. He also requested families along the Adyar River to move to safer places as this tends to be one of the most affected regions in this heavy shower. Anna Salai and GST Road are two other most affected regions, where motorists cannot even move their vehicles due to road damage.
Here is a detailed report on the present condition of this rain drowned city, Chennai.
Record beat in last 100 years
It will be wrong to say that Chennai is the only city getting affected in this heavy rainfall. Surrounding regions like Puducherry, Cuddalore, Coimbatore and Nilgiris district are victims of the rain as well. The Met Department of Chennai predicts the same crisis state to continue for the next three days making it the worst rain of Tamil Nadu in last 100 years. Regional Meteorological Department Director, S.R. Ramanan comments, “Due to low pressure rainfall will continue in next 24 hours in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with some places receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall.”
Relief Packages Offered
As a hand of aid, both state and central government has extended monetary assistance to the rain stuck victims of Tamil Nadu. The government declares a total damage of 8481 crore. CM Jayalaitha extended 500crore rehabilitation fund beforehand. Now she appealed to the central for 2000crore release for the state. PM Narendra Modi sanctioned 940 crores for this disgraceful state of Tamil Nadu. Private associations are also offering help to the victims of the rain.
As the Tamil Nadu government seeked for military assistance, two columns of army's Garrison Infantry Battalion are reporting at Tambaram and Oorapakkam. NDRF chief O P Singh shares, “At the same time, we are also requisitioning teams from Bengaluru and Andhra Pradesh.” The Indian Navy and air force along with the Indian Coast guard offered radio communications to coordinate the relief operations. IAF choppers are continuously flying over the affected zones, in order to help the needy victims. Two Air Force helicopters are designated at Tirupati for relief and rescue purpose.
The dead city life
Road, rail or air commutation has reached a paralyzed state in Chennai. Air services to and fro the state capital will remain in a halt till December 6. The Indian Airforce pressed three aircrafts to rescue the water struck passengers at the airport. Railway stations are now more of rescue camps for the poor while local trains remain parked on tracks of stations like Tambaram. Public places like mosques, theatres, offices, temples, schools or hotels are now open to the homeless victims of the flood as temporary relief zones. No food and no clothes state are being overcome by the mass relief reaching from nearby states. Shops are also closed in major market places like T-Nagar.
Telecom Service at Tamil Nadu
The standstill metropolis got a ray of hope when Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad declared no nonpayment disconnections or free calls from state operator BSNL. Other service providers like Airtel, Reliance and Vodafone extended free talktime, free data access and also extended payment deadlines as a mean of help. Airtel pre-approved talktime facility of upto 30 for prepaid customers, ten minutes free talk time and 50mb free data valid for two days. BSNL extended its offers for seven days.
Expect more rain
Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) discloses that this rain scene is going to continue. Officials of the Met Department are expecting “scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rainfall over coastal districts”. Northern districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur are also in the zone to receive heavy downpour. Suburban zones like Tambaram and Mudichur, Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam are also at worst state after the overflow of their nearby lakes.
Ferry services have been introduced all over the city by major taxi apps like Ola, Uber or NTL. NTL spokesperson Renish MR said, "The boats are stationed in several parts of the city and helpline numbers have been provided so that in case anybody needs rescue services they can use it.”Boats have been hired from fishermen who are now acting as pilots to this new commuting solution in the city. Each boat ferried around 4-5 people in each trip. Ola started its venture for three days initially but is still continuing the services. Inflatable boat services are also being introduced now.
Electricity Supply & Fire
The waterlogged Chennai reached the height of chaos and confusion after power supply got snapped from a major part of the city along with inadequate supply of drinking water. Thambaram, Guindy and South Velachery are having the worst of state with least of power supply and water levels shooting upto 6feet. Recent news also confirms a fire outrage at Sowcarpet Market, known as a leading wholesale zone for clothes and electronic goods.