Chennai, the main city of South India, came to a complete halt due to rain. Two days of rain has affected every sphere of life including schools, colleges and offices. Chennai, known as India’s production capital, was submerged on Sunday. After the heavy rains since Saturday night, the situation was such that people from many low-lying areas were evacuated and taken to safer places. Videos have been shown in the local media in which streets can be seen flooded with water. The water was so much that even the cars are seen submerged. Rubber boats were used to evacuate people. The Greater Chennai Corporation said on Twitter that it has set up relief centers and medical camps for the flood victims.
In view of the situation, the National Disaster Response Force has been called to help in the relief and rescue work. The administration has announced the closure of school colleges in four districts including Chennai for at least three days. The possibility of heavy rain to continue for at least four days has been predicted. At least 12 districts, including Chennai, have received more than 20 cm of rain. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin told the media that he has directed all ministers to engage in relief and rescue efforts. Stalin said, “I have given instructions to the authorities and have sent national disaster management teams to the affected areas.” Blogger Pradeep John, who writes on 2015-like rainy weather, said on his Facebook page Tamil Nadu Weatherman that this weekend’s rain is the heaviest in Chennai since 2015. Due to the north east monsoon in November-December 2015, the entire south India It had rained heavily.
On 1 December 2015, Chennai was flooded after heavy rains. Within 24 hours, 490 mm of rain had wreaked havoc. About 300 people were killed and more than 18 lakh were affected in that terrible flood of the city. Property worth more than twenty thousand crore rupees was damaged in that flood. The rains on Sunday brought back six-year-old memories of the people of Chennai. The water has reached above danger in all the lakes around Chennai. More than 82 feet of water has been filled in Chembarambakkam lake. In 2015 too, the water filled in this lake caused havoc.
Officials say that if the amount of water continues to flow out regularly, then there is not much danger, but if there is more rain then there may be floods. After Kerala and Uttarakhand, this is the third such incident in the last one month when floods caused by sudden rains have affected people. In October itself, several districts of Kerala, including Kottayam, were flooded after rains. More than 26 people died in that disaster and thousands of people were left homeless. Soon after that, the terrible rains in Uttarakhand also caused havoc and took the lives of more than 40 people. Only 25 people died in Nainital.