Tamil Diplomat

Chennai rises from rubble, will now rebuild itself, brick by brick

Flood-ravaged Chennai’s spirits rose with the sun on Monday as flights took off, trains chugged on and people got back to work.As water receded from many areas, the challenges became clearer – of homeless thousands, the spectre of an epidemic, and the urgency to stitch together badly battered infrastructure.

At the last count by police, the state-wide casualty stood at 427, including 134 in Chennai, but from all indications the toll is likely to be higher.The government appealed to people to contribute to its relief fund, and money did flow in from different quarters, but the enormity of the challenge remains to be assessed.