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Rain in Chennai: Streets flooded, 14 killed so far, flights suspended

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Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday evening. This trend continued on Thursday as well. Due to the pressure over the Bay of Bengal, more rains are expected in the state at least in the next two days. Chennai and adjoining Chengalpet, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villupuram received non-stop rain on Wednesday evening. The rains and floods have claimed 14 lives so far.

Chennai is in bad shape due to heavy rains. Most of the streets of the city have been flooded. People living in slums have also suffered due to water logging. However, the administration is carrying out massive relief and rescue operations.

Tamil Nadu Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran told reporters here that two more people died due to heavy rains in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts during the last 24 hours. With this, where the death toll has increased to 14. At the same time, 157 cattle have died due to heavy rains. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in the state in which 1146 huts and 237 houses have been damaged.

Flight landing suspended at Chennai airport

Officials said here on Thursday that due to rain and strong winds, the arrival of flights here has been postponed till evening. However the departure will continue. Chennai Airport said in a tweet, “Arrival at Chennai Airport will be suspended from 1 PM to 6 PM on Thursday due to heavy rain and winds. Departures will continue. Decision taking into account the safety aspect of passengers and the severity of the wind.” has been taken.”

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Deputy Director General of Meteorology S Balachandran said that most districts of North Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the evening. The forecast was attributed to the pressure over Bay of Bengal, which is likely to cross the coast between North Tamil Nadu and South Andhra Pradesh on Thursday evening. Chennai will also see “strong” winds gusting to 45 kmph.

CM gave instructions to the officers to be alert

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday directed officials to remain alert and review the situation from time to time in view of the stormy weather. During a video-conference with the District Collectors of Prakasam, Nellore, Chittoor and Cuddapah on the situation arising out of heavy rains, the CM called for a high alert especially in view of the heavy rains in Nellore and Chittoor districts. He told the officials that SDRF and NDRF teams are ready. He directed the collectors to prepare relief camps to take care of the people of the flood affected areas with proper facilities and to provide relief amount of one thousand rupees each to each victim.

Rahul appeals to Congress workers to help people affected by rain in Chennai

Expressing concern over the situation arising out of heavy rains in Chennai, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called upon party workers to help in relief and rescue work. He tweeted, “Heavy rain in Chennai has become a matter of concern. Our brothers and sisters there are urged to follow the safety measures. There is an appeal to the Congress workers to help in the relief and rescue work. Chennai, take care of yourself.

Why does Chennai get flooded?

According to a report in the Indian Express, as in 2015, the floods have been attributed to excessive rainfall. Still more heavy rainfall is predicted. Climate experts have warned that extreme weather events like this are likely to occur more frequently in the coming years. The solution lies in being prepared to face storms, floods, sea ingress. Cities like Chennai also face extreme water crisis during the summer months.

Since the 2015 rains in Chennai, the administration has undertaken extensive work to construct storm water drains in flood-prone areas and have closed two of the city’s rivers, the Adyar and the Koom. But much remains to be done, especially since the root cause of the city’s woes during the rains lies in the mismanagement of its water bodies.

The city’s unplanned development has led to filling up of lakes and tanks and shrinking wetlands. For example, Tea Nagar’s shopping hub was built on the bottom of a lake and the city’s airport was built on the floodplains of Adyar. Similarly, the city has expanded to the south to encroach on a large wetland, Pallikaranai, where residential colonies, institutional areas and even a large garbage dump have been built.

The mass rapid transport system has severely restricted flow into the Buckingham Canal, which was also designed as a protective barrier against flooding and sea penetration. Over 300 lakes, tanks and canals have disappeared over the past decades and according to the administration, over 1.5 lakh illegal constructions affect the city’s landscape.

This is the story of most Indian cities that have been indifferent to precious natural assets such as rivers, streams and lakes, which were the primary reason for the development of these settlements as urban centres.

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