Chennai Floods | NDRF teams deployed for rescue efforts

Heavy rains continue to lash over Tamil Nadu and its nearby areas on Monday morning affecting the vehicular movement in the state.

The city of Chennai and nearby regions witnessed heavy rainfall on Sunday, leading to the inundation of most areas and the opening up of gates of three city reservoirs to let out surplus water to flow.

Heavy rainfall to continue

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the showers will continue over the next two days. "Light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during November 7-9; over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema and South Interior Karnataka during November 7-8 November 2021," informed the daily weather bulletin of the weather agency.


National Disaster Response Force teams deployed

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deputed five rescue teams in Tamil Nadu in wake of the heavy rain inundating several areas.

According to the officials, two teams have been deputed in Madurai district, one each in Chennai, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur districts and additional teams have been put on alert in case needed.

All NDRF teams stationed at five various locations are self-contained and equipped with flood rescue equipment, collapsed structures, search and rescue equipment including Jemini boats, communication system and PPE kits, the officials added.


43% excess rain

Since the start of the Northeast monsoon in October, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry regions have experienced about 43 per cent excess rainfall.

With heavy rains in catchment areas of Cauvery river in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the water in Mettur Dam crossed 116 feet on Sunday as against the capacity of 120 feet.

The water level in reservoirs in Coimbatore also increased following heavy rains. The present water level in Sholayar is at 160.27 feet, wherein the height of the reservoir is at 165 feet.


Advisory: Don't go near water bodies

Vellore district officials said waterbodies including tanks and lakes have reached their full capacities in view of monsoon rains and surplus water from Mordhana dam is being released as it touched its full level and the inflow continues in view of rains in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

"There is also a risk of flooding in Palar and Ponnayaru rivers," in Vellore district, they said and advised people to not go anywhere near the water bodies considering their safety. 


Casualties of floods

Speaking on monsoon rains in the state, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran said, "in 26 districts of TN, there has been widespread rainfall (during the season). Due to this, four persons were dead in rain related incidents and one was injured."

About 260 houses were damaged, he said, adding 160 relief centres were opened in Chennai and over 50,451 food packets were distributed to people here by the government on Sunday.


2015 floods

In 2015, Chennai experienced a nightmarish flooding followed by heavy rainfall and also release of surplus water into the Adyar River from Chembarambakkam reservoir.


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