Heavy rains keep Chennai on edge, banks will be functioning on Sunday

Rescue efforts in full swing, airport open for technical flights

GN Staff | December 5, 2015


#chennai floods   #metro   #airlines   #banks  


Chennai is slowly limping back to normalcy but the city is still on edge as many areas witnessed heavy rains this morning. Thousands of military personnel and social activists were engaged in a major operation of supplying food, water and blankets to thousands trapped in water-logged neighbourhoods -- and rescuing the still marooned.

Tamil Nadu State Relief Officer has said that over 11 lakh people have been evacuated so far. In addition, power has been restored in most areas.

Meanwhile, banks will remain open on Sunday in order to facilitate smooth financial transactions even as the Airports Authority of India said that Chennai airport will start partial operations on Saturday.

The Southern Railway has announced special trains to Tirunelveli, Rameswaram and Howrah from Chennai Beach station in a bid to clear the large number of train travellers.

Communication lines -- landlines and mobile connections -- are still disrupted. The official web site of the Tamil Nadu government crashed on Friday.

Union civil aviation minister Mahesh Sharma said “we started technical flights but the commercial flights will not be able possible as the basement in the airport is still filled with water. Power supply has also not yet resumed. It will take one or two days to make the Chennai airport operational for commercial flights.

Yesterday four flights, two by Indigo, one by Spicejet and Jet Airways, transported around 319 passengers from naval base to to different places. Today also four flights are being operated.

Worst affected areas in Chennai are Ram Nagar Mudichur, Velachery, Anagaputhur, Kodungaiyur, some areas of T nagar and West Mambalam, Virugambakkam and Thoriapakkam.

The rains have caused widespread destruction in the districts of Chennai, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu. But the state capital bore the brunt record rainfall.

Fourteen patients admitted at an intensive care unit of MIOT Hospital in Chennai died due to power failure following floods, an official said.

Prithivi Mohandas, the hospital's managing director, told the media that lights and other equipment ceased to work due to power failure. The hospital's back-up power system also failed.

Power supply has been cut off in flood affected areas in Chennai and the neighbourhood.

As rains halted on Thursday and early Friday, some shops opened in parts of flooded Chennai including Mylapore and Teynampet. Electricity supply was restored in some areas.

Drinking water was in short supply and so were basic essentials including milk and vegetables.

Skeletal public transport was operational from Friday morning in some areas.

The water flow in the Adyar river has come down as the quantum of surplus water released into the river from Chembarambakkam lake fell.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Violence never resolves any issue: Modi

Urging all who have taken the path of violence for their political campaigns to shun it and return to the mainstream, prime minister Narendra Modi has said that weapons cannot achieve lasting peace. “On the solemn occasion of Republic day, I would appeal to anyone in any part of the co

India set to bolster ties with Brazil during Bolsonaro`s visit

As India gears up to celebrate its 71st Republic Day on January 26, it will host Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro as the chief guest of the event that marks the day when the country formally adopted the Constitution as the guiding document. This will be Bolsonaro’s maiden visit, which he would like

India gears up to meet Coronavirus challenge

With the outbreak of Coronavirus reported from China, India has started taking precautionary measures, and begun screening passengers of selected flights. “As of 21st January, a total of 43 flights and 9156 passengers have been screened for novel Coronavirus illness. Till now, no case

Reit: Real estate for retail

Every middle-class Indian dreams of a home coupled withlanded property to live off the rent. However, large initial investment, particularly inmetros, and low yields ensure that real estate is out of the reach of the common man. A return of 7-8 percent from commercial properties is considered highly commen

Maharashtra poll panel rolls out Electors Verification Programme

The Maharashtra State Election Commission has urged the residents to take advantage of the ongoing Electors Verification Programme (EVP) and register their names along with those of the members of their families in the electoral rolls. The drive, which started on November 11, 2019, will continue till Febru

Budget goes to print with Halwa ceremony

The budget season is here, and the annual document has gone to print, beginning the lock-in period till its presentation in parliament on February 1. The Halwa ceremony, marking the commencement of the budget printing process, was held in North Block Monday morning in the presence of finance



Archives

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter