Flood threat remains as Chennai rain eases

Flood threat remains as Chennai rain eases

Flood threat remains as Chennai rain eases

Written by Staff Writer

04 Dec, 2015 | 11:46 am

The southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is experiencing a respite from rains, but forecasts of more showers remain in place.

More than 7,000 people have been rescued so far by the army and the National Disaster Response Force, but many are still stranded, reports say.

PM Narendra Modi, who travelled to Chennai, has promised $150m (£99m) to the flood-hit Tamil Nadu state.

A depression in the Bay of Bengal has triggered rains in coastal areas.

Last month, non-stop rain for nearly a week brought the city to a standstill.

Three days of fresh rains have again led to massive flooding, inundating homes, hospitals, roads, railway tracks and the city’s airport.

Schools, colleges and factories are shut, exams postponed and power supply suspended in most parts of the city. An oil refinery has stopped operations.

Reports say there has been no rain in Chennai on Friday morning and water levels are receding in some parts of the city.

A naval air base at Arakkonam, 70km (43 miles) from the Tamil Nadu state capital, is now being used as a makeshift airport with seven commercial flights expected to operate on Friday and Saturday.

Train services will remain suspended until Saturday, officials say.

A massive rescue operation is continuing to reach stranded people. Some 5,000 houses are still under water with many people trapped inside them, reports say.

Troops have set up 25 shelters and community kitchens for the flood victims.

The federal weather office has predicted two more days of torrential rain in the southern state, where nearly 70 million people live.
A total of 269 people are now known to have died in floods in Tamil Nadu state since last month.

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