Heavy rains pounded several parts of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday with most areas of Chennai witnessing water logging severely disrupting train and bus services as Chief Minister Jayalalithaaa reviewed the situation and deputed ministers to inspect the affected regions.
Here are 12 tweets that show the extent of the havoc:
— Mahesh Kumar (@maheshkumarse) December 1, 2015
Water Resource Management in Chennai can’t able to Manage the flood water .. pic.twitter.com/BYrdy29R0b
— VIJAY’s Warrior (@VijaysWarrior) December 1, 2015
Waterlogging due to heavy rains near Chennai Airport. pic.twitter.com/3E9UWhEgUa
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 1, 2015
— Vivek Narayanan (@journovivek) December 1, 2015
— Madhav Kopalle (@madhavkopalle) December 1, 2015
While Jayalalithaa said services of police, fire and rescue, NDRF and State Disaster Force 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,” she said in an official release.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the rain related incidents touched 188, according to the state government. Earlier, she reviewed the situation arising out of heavyrains in districts including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and Kanchipuram Districts. “I have ordered Ministers to inspect the regions experiencing heavy rains since last night,” she 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,” she said.
She also ordered a solatium of Rs four 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 the State. Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were cancelled due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram – Tambaram section. Also, eleven trains were diverted.
(with PTI inputs)