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Heavy floods in Chennai, Army begins rescue operations

For the second time in last few weeks, life in Chennai has been brought to an oppressive halt because of disastrous flooding. Chennai is deluged in record breaking rains, reportedly worst in a century.

Around 188 people so far has been reportedly killed in the incident, according to the state government. The Army was called in on Tuesday evening in at least two suburban areas to carry out rescue operations in many areas of the city.The Navy is also on stand-by.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa assuring all possible help as heavy rains pounded several parts of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Chennai Floods
Chennai Floods

The water level in the Adyar river due to overwhelming majority of  storm-water drains, rose to monstrous level and stromed over the road on the key bridge across the river in Saidapet, forcing officials to close the bridge.

Daily life of Chennai has been crippled with flooding in numerous roads, neighbourhoods, train tracks and airport runways, along with lack of power supply and transport services. Chennai International Airport has been shut down since Tuesday morning, and is to remain shut till 6am on Thursday, as the runway and taxiway are completely submerged. Other nearby airfields – the Air Force station in Tambaram and the Navy airfield at Arakkonam – too are unusable because of standing water.

Railway Tracks
Railway Tracks

The Met Department has predicted more rain in northern Tamil Nadu over the next 72 hours, with rainfall also spreading to southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Source: Times of India