Update: The Chennai Corporation has announced Emergency Contact Numbers for all the regional zones in the city. people can contact the following numbers in case of any emergency due to the floods. Numbers: Tree fall, waterlogging – 1913; Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335; State Emergency – 1070; District Emergency – 1077; Electricity – 1912; Fire & Rescue -101.
Chennai: Heavy downpour on Tuesday pounded several parts of Tamil Nadu with most areas of Chennai witnessing water logging severely hurting airport, train and bus services as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaaa reviewed the situation and deputed ministers to inspect the affected regions. This is the worst rain that the city has seen in nearly a hundred years, the weather office, said. (See pictures).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chef Minister Jayalalithaa assuring all possible help.
Jayalalithaa said services of police, fire and rescue, national and state disaster relief forces and Coast Guard are ready to tackle the situation, weather office has cautioned of more showers in the next four days across Tamil Nadu with some regions likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall.
“Police, Fire and Rescue, National and State Disaster Forces, Coast Guard have been kept ready for need-based evacuation of people from flood hit regions,” Jayalalithaa said in an official statement. The Army has also been called in, news agency ANI reported.
Earlier, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation arising out of heavy rains in districts including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and Kanchipuram Districts.
“I have ordered Ministers to inspect the regions experiencing heavy rains since last night,” Jayalalithaa said. She also ordered postponement of half-yearly examinations for school children to next month previously slated to be held from December 7.
As a result of the rains, Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal and Chembarambakkam reservoirs that feed Chennai have touched 83.8 per cent of its capacity and out of the 14,098 lakes under the PWD in Tamil Nadau 6,791 lakes are full.
“I have ordered officials to take precautionary measures before releasing surplus waters from reservoirs and evacuate people living in low-lying areas,” Jayalalithaa said.
Jayalalithaa also ordered a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to the kin of each of the four persons who were killed in rain related incidents a few days ago in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were cancelled due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram – Tambaram section. Eleven trains were diverted.
Chennai Corporation has announced Emergency Contact Numbers for all the regional zones in the city. people can contact the following numbers in case of any emergency due to the floods.
(with inputs from NDTV)