Torrential rains experienced in the last two days have led to inundation in Chennai and surrounding areas, severely affecting vehicular traffic, bus, and train services.
The movement of goods in and out of the city too is disrupted for all modes – air, rail and road.
The airport flooded with waters witnessed delays in some flights and rainwater on runways was pumped out by workers using heavy equipment. Authorities are overseeing work aimed at ensuring normal services, sources added.
Train services in the city and adjoining areas were also affected by the constant rain. As per sources, the Basin Bridge Yard in Chennai was flooded which led to disruption in routing trains, in and out of the Chennai Central Railway Station and a long-distance train from Tiruvananthapuram had to be halted at Tirunindravur in the northern suburb.
Suburban train services in the Tambaram-Beach line were affected for some time as railway tracks were covered by sheets of water. Sources claim that rainwater is being pumped out in affected areas.
The most severely affected are the road, which has been logged by water and uprooted trees. The commute is impossible with water level increasing every hour, logistical operations are near impossible and the Police is diverging traffic to less affected areas and have also advised the people to be cautious.
Mahendra Arya, president of All India Transporters Welfare Association, who also owns a transport company Sri Srinivasa Roadlines, with operation in Chennai, said, “The situation in Chennai is very difficult. There is no means of transportation. We are unable to make any deliveries as the heavy rains have forced us to shut our operations.”
The delivery of essential goods is also severely impacted, with companies unable to meet delivery times, said a source over a telephonic conversation.
The Civic and Public Works Department personnel are working to pump water out in inundated areas, and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin directed officials to expedite rescue and relief work.
Chennai is said to have recorded the highest rainfall since 2015 on November 6 which continued to the next day as incessant showers lashed the city. Heavy rains led to flooding in many parts of the city, including Purasawalkam, Anna Nagar, Kodambakkam and Vayasarpadi subway.