The Tamil Nadu capital recorded 21 centimetres of rain till 8:30 AM as Chennai was hit by heavy rainfall through the night. Several low-lying areas of the city are heavily flooded due to the rainfall.
The heavy rainfall was forecasted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) this morning.
Sangeetha Rajeesh, an environmentalist journalist, living near Madipakkam’s Puzhithivakkam of South Chennai, spoke about how water had flooded her apartment complex.
While explaining the on-ground situation, she further stated that there are three feet of water in the car parking zone itself.
Three nearby under-construction sites have blocked stormwater, and the rainwater is entering houses.
Residents of Chennai’s KK Nagar waded through knee-deep flooded water.
Dr Raghavan, who went to the airport this morning to drop his father, had stated that the interiors of KK Nagar are badly affected with water flooded up to the mid-leg level at several intersections.
Dr Raghavan also said that the under-going construction sites like sewage/metro waterworks in the area are making this situation difficult and dangerous for citizens to travel.
Several areas of Anna Nagar also remain flooded due to heavy rainfalls.
Many videos are going viral showing several four-wheelers and two-wheelers submerged partially due to the waterlogged roads.
Some residents have come forward and expressed their problems and stated that other locals are helping them during this situation.
Marie Banu, a resident of Chennai, said that the water had entered several homes. Some areas have waterlogged around waist-level.
On Marie Banu’s street, which is the 19th street, the drainage remains blocked, there is no electricity, and above all of this, she is worried about the delivery people on how they are dealing with this crisis.
In Kolathur, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s constituency has also water entered in several homes.
Edward Thompson, a resident of the area, said that he was lucky enough to get a neighbour’s big vehicle to shift his uncle, who was in a sickbed surrounded in the house by flooded water.
With all the lakes around Chennai flooding this afternoon, waters from the Chembarambakkam lake, an 85.4 feet-high lake, are set to be released. The water level of the lake has already reached 82.35 feet.
A flood alert has been issued in Kancheepuram and Chengalpattu districts by the officials, especially on the River Adyar’s banks.
Mr Stalin had discussed all the issues with collectors yesterday and is visiting around 14 waterlogged areas, including Jawahar Nagar and Padi Bridge.
Teams have been deployed in each Trivallur and Chengalpattu district by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) following a request from the state government.