Floods in India: Chennai shuts down as heavy rains flood the city
Local media showed images of cars submerged underwater, uprooted trees and people rescued from rubber dinghies in various parts of Chennai, the largest city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and often referred to as “Detroit”. of India ‘because of its large automobile industry.
Greater Chennai Corporation, the civic body, said on Twitter that it had opened relief centers and medical camps across the city and was distributing food to flood victims.
Heavy rains are expected to continue for the next four days in various parts of Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra Pradesh state and Union Territory of Pondicherry, India’s meteorological department said in a statement on Sunday. , asking fishermen not to venture out to sea.
The rains will continue as the low pressure is created by cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal, he said.
Chennai, along with 11 other districts, were hit by more than 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) of precipitation, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, Deputy Stalin, told reporters ANI, a Reuters partner. He added that he had called on all his ministers to help with the recovery efforts.
âI instructed the officials and sent the national disaster management team to the respective areas,â Stalin said. Local media showed Stalin inspecting areas affected by the floods.
The rains in Chennai were the heaviest since 2015, weather blogger Pradeep John said on his Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page.
The meteorological department also issued a moderate to high threat of flash flooding in parts of southern India, while the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said it was inspecting some areas of low altitude.