Being affected by the heaviest rainfall in the last 100 years, Chennai city residents are in the deep crisis of the basic resources.
As reported earlier, all kinds of transport facilities like trains, buses and airports are on a halt and this is creating a huge inconvenience to the people over there.
Chennai rains: Rescue operations through helicopters and boats
Meanwhile, the officials are performing the rescue operations in the several ways. Indian Navy’s air base (commercial flights) at Arakkonam, which is 70 km west of Chennai, has been evacuated hundreds of passengers stranded at the civil airport, which will be remaining closed, till December 6th. The Navy even facilitated an Air India Airbus A320 jet at the base, INS Rajali, yesterday.
As a part of the rescue operations, 4 helicopters, had supplied the food, water and medicines, while a few of the fishing boats, commandeered by the military, collected the stranded residents. Within 24 hours, 5000 soldiers could perform several rescue operations successfully.
“The entire state machinery has collapsed. Most officials are forced to sit at home. It’s a very frustrating situation,” said a home ministry official.
Speaking about the issue, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in New Delhi, Anurag Gupta said, “The biggest challenge is to find a way to clear the inundated airport and main roads.”
In some places, the people formed human chains to traverse treacherous stretches of roads. In a few places, the water level even reached up to the second floor of the apartment.
The weather reports stated that, the rains would continue in the similar manner, for 4 more days.
A severe disturbance was observed in traffic, as the vehicles had to navigate through the heavy rain water on the roads. Potholes and craters and road caving at some places, has further worsened the motorists situations.
Chennai rains: Severe digs to stocks of the car makers
Not only the normal life, Chennai rains even showed a severe influence on the stocks of the car makers. This is the second time in a month for the plants to shut down, which lead to the crippling production and deliveries from the region. On the beforehand, Ford and Nissan declared the holiday to its employees.
In several places, the power was switched off to prevent the accidents and this made the residents, suffer for long.
Anticipating more rains and non-availability of the vegetables, and other food supplies, Chennai residents were crowded at the markets to buy in large amounts.
By Phani Ch