Heavy Rains Again in Chennai
Chennai Rains: Signs of flooding in Chennai improving had emerged on Friday morning with no fresh rains and a sharp fall in water levels of Adyar and Cooum rivers. As thing were looking up the skies were still overcast and the Met department predicts clouds and possible rain in parts of Chennai, heavy rain is predicted in Southern and Central Tamil Nadu including Villupuram, Pondicherry, and other places. Much to the grief of Chennaites, heavy rain has started again in parts of Chennai.
After a lull from the heaviest rains in a century that have killed at least 280 people this week, another rain burst was forecast to hit the low-lying coastal city within hours. But officials said brimming lakes were the main concern.
Unfortunate Deaths in MIOT Hospital:
14 ICU patients at MIOT hospital die to failure of power, oxygen cylinders.
J Radhakrishnan, state health secretary said all of whom who died at the MIOT hospital were “highly critical”. All the patients from MIOT have been evacuated. Some 200 were discharged and another 300 shifted to various other hospitals. The dead bodies were shifted to Royapettah government hospital in the city, he added.
The 14 patients were in ventilator when they passed away early in the morning. The bodies have been shifted to a government hospital. The MIOT hospital, which is located near Guindy on the banks of Adyar river, was already flooded due to the rains.
Chennai Rains: Essential Services Improving, but Normalcy Still a Long Shot
By Friday morning, the break in rains resulted in a sharp fall in the discharge of waters from Chembarapakkam, Pondi and Puzhal lakes leading to reduction in the water levels of the two rivers that criss-cross the city.
Mobile phone services, which took a severe beating following the heavy downpour on Tuesday, were partially restored, even as other services such as ATMs continued to remain inaccessible.
Though the water was receding in many parts of the city the misery of citizens showed little let up as power remained suspended in many areas as a precautionary measure, officials said.
Safe drinking water continued to remain a luxury for many.
Milk and newspaper supplies were erratic and many citizens complained that vegetables were still being sold at high rates.
Transport services were also showing signs of picking up.
Limited commercial flight operations have started this morning from the Rajali naval air station in Arakkonam near Chennai.
Train services on the suburban Chennai Arakonnam stretch were partially restored. Southern Railway officials said they were yet to take a call on restoration of services on the busy Tambaram-Chennai beach route which covers both business and residential areas.
The Chennai Metro line remained crowded because of the suspension of bus and rail transport.
With a focus on intensifying relief and rescue operations to provide aid to rain-hit people of Chennai and adjoining areas, the NDRF has bolstered its strength by adding ten more teams for the job. It has rescued 9,000 people until now.
After a day-long dry spell on Thursday, some areas in and around the city, including Kodambakkam, T Nagar and Tambaram, did receive showers in the night but Friday morning saw some bright skies that brought people out onto the streets.
Unrestricted development has often been cited as the cause for the ravaging floods.
High Court: State must provide free fransport for stranded outstation persons
In Chennai High Court at Madurai, the Justices have requested the State to provide free transportation for outstation persons stranded in Chennai and unable to leave Chennai to return home. Due to the heavy flooding most persons have lost their belongings and money, so finding transport out of the City has been an additional challenge. Hence the High Court has suggested that free buses departing Chennai from the Koyambedu Bus Stand must be arranged to Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and also to other areas.
Chennai Helpline Numbers
Indian Navy’s helpline number in Chennai: +914425394240
The Indian Army’s helpline: 9840295100
For Flood Rescue: call Major Surya Kumar G (Indian Army) – 0 83940 00074
Helplines for boat services:
Ola Boats: 7708068600; NTL Boat helpline: 7708068600
Chennai corporation helplines
Emergency Toll Free Number: 1910, State Emergency: 1070, District Emergency: 1077, Electricity:1912, Fire & Rescue: 101, Ambulance: 108, Tree fall, waterlogging – 1913, Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335
Other Helpline Numbers:
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