Tamil Diplomat

Heavy rains overnight seriously disrupt life in many parts of Tamil Nadu

Normal life was affected in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu on Friday as incessant rain flooded several areas, disrupting rail and road traffic.

Collectors of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur, Vellore and a few other districts declared a holiday for schools and colleges owing to the rain. All examinations scheduled on Friday in Madras University were cancelled. The university said new dates would be announced later.

Nungambakkam in Chennai recorded 15cm of rainfall, while Meenambakkam received 12cm till 8am on Friday.

Office-goers were stranded due to waterlogging in many areas. Those who braved the rain were stuck in traffic.

Some of the flooded areas include M K B Nagar in North Chennai, Ram Nagar in Velachery, Egmore, Gandhi Mandapam road, Guindy, Thirumullaivoyal, Madipakkam, Velachery, Korattur, Kolathur, Vilivakkam and parts of T-Nagar and Triplicane.

In south Chennai, lakes breached their banks, and water flowed on to the roads.

Some residents in Padikuppam took to the streets to protest against the failure of the Chennai Corporation to take necessary steps to prevent water stagnation.

People living in Housing Board apartments at Teynampet also staged a protest after water entered their houses.

Several areas also faced power cuts. In some places it was restored after the water receded.

Continuous rainfall through the intervening night of Thursday and Friday also flooded railway tracks in and around Chennai, which led to cancellation of several suburban services and delayed long distance passenger trains.

A total of 12 suburban train services between Chennai and Gummidipoond, and Chennai and Arakkonam were cancelled on Friday morning. Tracks on several locations like Perambur and Basin Bridge were under water.

Chennai-Bangalore Brindhavan Express, scheduled to depart from Central at 7:50am, was cancelled.

Speed restrictions had been imposed on trains, as the rain played havoc with the signalling system, a railway official said. Trains stranded at many locations including Korukkupet and Avadi.

Suburban trains from Chennai Beach to Tambaram and Arakkonam were running late by half an hour, an official said. Suburban trains from Moore market complex to Tiruvallur were also delayed. Railway staff are keeping watch on a lake near Ambattur which can flood tracks if its bund breaches.  (Times of India)