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Chennai Floods: City inches towards normalcy

As the city airport started operations in the morning, the Southern Railways too ran special trains from Chennai to various other locations.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: December 8, 2015 4:08 am
Chennai: Volunteers distributing relief materials to residents of Kotturpuram, one of the worst flood-hit localities in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI12_6_2015_000214B) Volunteers distributing relief materials to residents of Kotturpuram, one of the worst flood-hit localities in Chennai on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Chennai started taking first steps towards normalcy Sunday as shops opened shutters with enough supplies of essential commodities and banks partially restored their ATM machines after almost a week.

As the city airport started operations in the morning, the Southern Railways too ran special trains from Chennai to various other locations. The Airports Authority of India has announced the restoration of all domestic and international flight operations from Monday morning.
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Power to almost 70 per cent areas in the city was restored. Although electricity was yet to be restored in various other parts, telecom providers managed to get cellphone towers up and working from Saturday night after managing fuel for operations.

The Indian Oil Corporation said 81 per cent of its retail outlets were functional and work was on to open the remaining waterlogged outlets. Operations of Chennai Metro will also be restored from Monday morning.

The major gateways of the city — the GST road connecting southern Tamil Nadu and the Chennai-Bangalore highway — witnessed maximum traffic with trucks carrying relief material from other cities and states including Karnataka and Kerala, plying on these corridors.

Several software companies also turned their offices into warehouses for relief material.

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While hundreds managed to return back to their homes after water level started receding, several hundreds, whose houses have been washed away, stayed put at government-run relief shelters.

SRM University campuses in the city, SPI Cinema halls at Mount Road, and many other marriage halls and cinema theatres made arrangements to accommodate people stranded in their neighbourhoods.

Popular radio jockey Balaji, who had launched a relief drive along with actor Siddharth, sent alerts on relief materials to help the rain-affected victims.

“The few biscuit packets we supplied will not be enough. We need to come up with a comprehensive plan to help them live,” he told volunteers associated with him in an online video Sunday. Some private establishments, including BigFM and SPI Cinemas, also arranged facilities to administer tetanus injections to volunteers and the public.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges in Chennai will remain shut on Monday as the Indian Meteorological Department in Chennai has predicted rainfall in the next 24 hours in the city.

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    kulaputra kulaputra
    Dec 7, 2015 at 1:14 am
    Our heart goes out to people of Chennai. Whatever help they require to get back on track must be provided. This is a man made affairs aiding and abetting nature's fury to create a complete disaster. I trust the land grabbing builders lobby is very happy now !
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      manas
      Dec 7, 2015 at 3:37 am
      need of the moment is to elect a right person as mp/mla having brain to focus on root cause of the problem and sincerity to get it resolved.
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        Sathish
        Dec 7, 2015 at 2:40 am
        Chennai floods is created controlled floods by globalists (morphed form of imperialists who set up this deception of democracy). Weather modification technologies are used in modern day warfare. The war is on for human mind and soul using created disasters. Buying souls is the agenda. Most aam s have already sold theirs. Govern mente is all about creating crisis and putting the blame on braindead aam s! Deception of democracy continues and dumb aam s are asking for help from the devils. We get what we deserve. Pea-brained trolls will always be misused by the devils. Asura-amma and modi are puppets and have to act as told by their evil masters. Ideal time for con-artists to swindle from aam s pleading to help and save people in distress. Ideal time for jesuckers to harvest souls. The cancer is growing deceptively with the help of pressutes and other pillars of deception! Happy slavery! We get what we deserve.
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