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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