Chennai Rain: As the torrential rains abated and water levels receded Chennaites are breathing a sigh of relief. Stranded outstation passengers and those wishing to leave the City for safer cleaner places must be delighted by the current developments as domestic passenger flights resumed operations from Chennai airport on Sunday and train services to other states limped back on the track as the flood crisis in the city eased a bit after days of heavy rain.
But intermittent showers in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore sparked panic among people. Fresh rain in the state capital and in other areas along the coast of Tamil Nadu raised fears of further waterlogging and concerns of a possible repeat of the disastrous flooding.
Nearly 450 have people died so far in the torrential rain that has been lashing the state over several days. Thousands are homeless.
City limping back to normalcy gradually
Mobile phone and internet services were getting restored in a staggered manner in several parts of the city. Several areas complained of continued power outage.
Flood-ravaged Chennai residents battle scarcity and high prices of essential commodities even as communication and train services are partially restored in the state.
The worst-hit city and suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts took a pounding on Tuesday when a large number of areas were flooded. The deluge destroyed crucial road and rail links, shutdown the airport, snapped power and telecom lines and left lakhs of people stranded.
Showing solidarity to the flood affected people of Tamil Nadu, many banks including SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank have decided not to impose any penalty on its Chennai customers for delay in EMI payments.
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Passenger flights to operate from Chennai airport today
The airport authorities here have received requests from national carrier Air India to operate flights on Sunday after the AAI announced day-time operations of passenger flights from the airport.
“Air India has informed us that it will operate a chartered flight to Port Blair and one flight to and fro Chennai today,” sources said.
The Air India chartered flight AI-549 is scheduled to take off at 10 am while the airlines’ flight AI 429 is scheduled for arrival at Chennai Airport at 1.40 pm, they said.
The same flight AI 430 (AI 429 on return) will depart for New Delhi at 2.45 pm, they added.
A total 34 aircraft of various airlines were stranded at the airport when the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had decided to shut the airport till December 6 in the wake of battering rains that left the facility unusable.
Train Services Resumed in Part
The services were suspended early this week due to unprecedented floods in Chennai and nearby districts.
Suburban train services between Chennai Egmore – Tambaram commenced this morning and operated in the fast lines.
Southern Railway will resume operations from Chennai Central by running 10 scheduled trains from Sunday. The following services will be operated:
1. Train No.16031 Chennai Central – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Andaman express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 5.15am.
2. Train No.12007 Chennai Central – Mysore Shatabdi express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 6am
3. Train No.12077 Chennai Central – Vijayawada Jan Shatabdi express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.35am
4.Train No.12639 Chennai Central – Bangalore Brindavan express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.50am
5.Train No.12842 Chennai Central – Howrah Coromandal express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.45am
6. Train No.16003 Chennai Central – Nagarsol express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 09.15am
7.Train No.12615 Chennai Central – New Delhi Grand Trunk express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 7.15pm
8.Train No.16021 Chennai Central – Mysore Kaveri express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9pm
9.Train No.12671 Chennai Central – Coimbatore / Mettupalayam Nilagiri express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9.15pm
10. Train No.12621 Chennai Central – New Delhi Tamil Nadu express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 10pm.
CHENNAI HELPLINE NUMBERS
Flood Rescue Helpline Numbers
- 9880655555 (WhatsApp)
- 7259760333 (Telegram Messenger
- +91-44-25394240 (Navy Rescue Team)
- 083940 00074 (Indian Army, Major Surya Kumar G)
- 9840295100 (Indian Army)
Helplines for boat services: Ola Boats: 7708068600; NTL Boat helpline: 7708068600;
Emergency Toll Free Number: 1910, State Emergency: 1070, District Emergency: 1077, Electricity:1912, Fire and Rescue: 101, Ambulance: 108, Tree fall, waterlogging – 1913, Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335; Tiruvottiyur : 09445190001, Manali: 09445190002; Madhavaram: 9445190003, Ambattur: 9445190007; Tondiarpet: 9445190004, Royapuram: 9445190005; Annanagar: 9445190008, Teynampet: 9445190009, Alandur: 9445190012, Adyar: 9445190013, Perungudi: 9445190014 Flood Control Room: 28593990, 044-28410577,9445869843/47