03 December, Chennai
Life continued to be affected in the flood-hit areas in Chennai for the second day Thursday with several trains originating from Chennai Central and Egmore being cancelled. Chennai Airport is shut for operations till Sunday while Tamil Nadu has reported around 200 deaths since the floods started in the middle of last month.
There was temporary respite for the denizens as the rain stopped last night though the sky is cloudy since this morning. The Navy’s amphibious carrier, INS Airavat, has been moved to Chennai with medical equipment, medicines and doctors. The ship is also taking 20 divers and swimmers and 15 boats. Reports said 35 lakes are flowing at dangerous levels, raising fears of more flooding.
As the Chennai International airport will remain closed till December 6, the Rajali naval air station at Arakkonam, 70 km west of Chennai, will now function as a makeshift airport, sources said.
The commissioner of Chennai corporation, Vikram Kapoor said the main thoroughfares of the city have been cleared but the river is still at the danger level. The surplus water is coming into Chennai.
“None of the drains can work with such heavy rain. If this kind of rain happens again we are in for a tough time,” he said. More than 2,000 people have been rescued from the flood-hit city by the Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force. Schools, colleges and offices have been forced to close and exams have been postponed.
The campuses of IIT Madras, Anna University and a few others have been flooded. The city’s IT hub has been shut down too, as the offices became waterlogged.