Chennai in India is again engulfed by floods

Chennai in India is again engulfed by floods

The residents of Chennai are again suffering from flooding and inundation after incessant rains. Many roads and subways were closed to traffic even though excess water continued to be discharged from reservoirs.

Traffic was restricted in many places, and barricades were erected to alert road users. Despite disruptions to state local bus service, commuter rail service was unimpeded.

Reservoirs including Poondi and Chembarambakkam, which supply Chennai’s drinking water needs, released more than 10,500 cubic meters of excess water due to incessant heavy rains in the catchment areas, authorities said.

The release of excess water from the Pundi Dam in Tiruvallur district was increased (from an initial 4,253 cubic meters to about 8,000 cubic meters) in stages to 12,000 cubic meters by evening.

Up to 54 inflatable boats, as well as excavators and heavy-duty pumps in areas of Chennai were deployed for rescue, relief and mitigation efforts, according to an official statement. Police moved people from the flooded suburb of Perumbakkam-Ejil Nagar to the relief center.

Floodwaters have been removed from 86 localities out of 464 areas where there was accumulation of water, and work is well underway in other areas, authorities said, adding that fallen trees have also been removed and efforts are underway to restore traffic in the affected areas.

Rainwater hit several houses in the low-lying suburban districts of Urapakkam and Guduvancherry, and power was cut off in those areas.

Using inflatable boats, people were rescued from the flooded suburban areas of Pallikaranai and Varadharajapuram by police and National Disaster Response Force personnel.

Roads and roadways in the city and suburban areas were filled with floodwater, and the subway was closed to traffic.

The city of Chennai and suburbs belonging to Chenghelpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts received heavy rains on Sunday.

Chennai police said 2,181 people living in the low-lying and flooded areas were evacuated and housed in 31 temporary relief centers.

Chennai received 109.76 CM of rainfall from Oct. 1 to Nov. 28, compared to a normal of 61.16 CM, a 79 percent excess of normal, according to a report by the Regional Meteorological Center.

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