Chennai Floods LIVE: Heavy rains lash the beleaguered city; helicopter rescue halted

Chennai Floods LIVE: Heavy rains lash the beleaguered city; helicopter rescue halted

By: || Updated: 05 Dec 2015 12:42 PM
Chennai: The flood-ravaged city was struggling to return to normalcy with partial restoration of telecommunication and train services, besides many roads also becoming fairly motorable even as waterlogging woes continued in several areas.

  • In a positive note for stranded passengers amid the floods in Chennai, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Saturday said that commercial flights are expected to begin their services after December 6th, once hopefully power is restored in the airport.

  • Air Force halts rescue works due to heavy rains

  • As the city was trying to return to normalcy, a fresh bout of rains has again raised concerns of the safety of people. It has been raining hard since morning, forcing authorities to suspend rescue by helicopters.

  • According to reports, rains lashed a few parts of the city overnight but let up in the morning though the sky remained overcast.

  • Torrential rains have left at leasts 245 people dead since October 1, according to Tamil Nadu government. The situation took a turn for the worse on Tuesday with large areas of the city flooded. The deluge destroyed crucial road and rail links, shutdown the airport, snapped power and telecom lines and left lakhs of people stranded.

  • Waterlogging continued in many parts such as Kotturpuram, suburban Mudichur and Pallikkaranai even as hapless residents who had taken refuge on higher floors of buildings were seen pleading for essentials like milk and water which remain inshort supply.

  • There were serpentine queues outside the few ATMs and petrol stations that were operating. Tamil Nadu government has said that the fuel situation will ease in the next couple of days. Banks in the state will remain open tomorrow, though it is a Sunday.

  • In its bid to link the southern parts of Chennai with the main city, Southern Railway announced operating services on the busy Egmore-Tamabaram stretch bringing much needed relief to the residents.

  • Rains lashed a few parts of the city overnight but let up in the morning though the sky remained overcast.

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