Worst Rain In 100 Years Derails Life In Chennai; Rail, Road, Air Traffic Hit Badly

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1:24 pm 2 Dec, 2015

Chennai has been badly hit by its worst rains in a century. Heavy rains have caused severe disruption to train, plane and bus schedules.

All flights to and from Chennai have been cancelled for the day and the city airport has shut down. The water has also reached the airport flooding the runway and the tarmac.



Due to unceasing heavy rains, no flights have taken off or landed in Chennai since Tuesday evening. Nearly 4,000 people are stranded at the Chennai airport.


 The waters have also flooded the rail tacks, causing the cancellation of almost 19 trains. Schools were closed today and will remain shut tomorrow as well.


Half-yearly exams in schools, which were to have begun on December 7, were postponed. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa reviewed the situation and deputed ministers to inspect the affected regions.




 The death toll in rain-related incidents has touched 188.

Map showing flooded areas in Chennai

Map showing flooded areas in Chennai


Motorists too had a harrowing time as most of the roads were inundated and damaged.



Puducherry and its suburbs continued to be lashed by heavy rains since last night and it recorded 15.2 cm rain in the last 24 hours ending 0830 hours today.




Two columns of army’s Garrison Infantry Battalion have been pressed into service in Tambaram and Oorapakkam after the Tamil Nadu government sought military assistance, reports PTI. The Navy is also on stand-by.


National Disaster Rescue Force has already dispatched ten teams of which four are already in Chennai and the rest will be flying in tomorrow.

Satellite image recorded by INSAT 3D at 1600 hours on Tuesday.

 Chennai Collector E. Sundaravalli has issued a flood warning and appealed to families living along the Adyar river to move to safer places.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the Tamil Nadu government of all support and cooperation. He tweeted:


“For the past two days the rains have been heavy in Tamil Nadu and Andhra. It will continue for a week. 30-35 cm rains have taken place today in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. Every episode cannot be linked to climate change  But as a stand alone incident, when El Nino is strong and will be so the whole of December, it seems to have gone stronger over the years,” the IMD chief LS Rathore said.

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