Cyclone Michaung: Chennai grapples with waterlogging and power outagestext_fields
Chennai and its surrounding areas were caught in a critical situation post-Cyclone Michaung, encountering stagnant water and power disruptions.
Even as relief efforts were underway, residents struggled with the aftermath of the cyclone that wreaked havoc on the city and neighboring districts.
The local government took preventive measures by suspending power in certain areas where cables were submerged due to flooding, emphasising their commitment to restoring normalcy despite the challenges posed by the current conditions. As a result, schools and colleges in Chennai will remain closed on December 7, extending the aftermath's impact.
Areas like Velachery and Tambaram were severely affected by heavy rainfall, leading to flooding. Residents were observed evacuating their homes, wading through waterlogged streets, seeking assistance, and using boats to navigate to safer locations.
Chief Minister M K Stalin toured affected areas, distributing essential supplies to those sheltering in relief centers. He also inspected the ongoing drainage operations by the civic body.
Requesting immediate assistance, the Chief Minister wrote to the Centre, seeking interim flood relief of Rs 5,060 crore to alleviate the situation.
Social media platforms captured the distressing scenes, with #Velachery trending, indicating the magnitude of the issue. Users shared videos highlighting the inundation of residential localities and the challenges faced by residents, including prolonged power outages and water scarcity.
The situation prompted grievances about delayed milk supplies, alleging overpricing and scarcity in Velachery and Tambaram areas. Additionally, power restoration was pending in several districts, including Kilpauk and Kattupakkam.
The Greater Chennai Corporation, along with the city police, took charge of relief activities, overseeing rescue operations and coordinating assistance. The police reported six rain-related deaths and successful rescues of vulnerable individuals, including pregnant women and the elderly, from different parts of the city.
Waterlogging affected 11 subways in Chennai, hampering vehicular movement. However, the airport operations remained unaffected, while the Southern Railway modified several services and announced the resumption of regular suburban services on specific routes.
Efforts are ongoing to mitigate the situation, ensuring the drainage of water from affected areas, road cleaning, and adequate drinking water supplies. Over 200 boats were deployed, and relief centers in various districts accommodated approximately 41,400 people, receiving necessary aid and food supplies.
Authorities assured that despite power supply delays, only a limited number of areas were yet to be restored to prevent any potential accidents. Additionally, arrangements were made to address the milk supply shortage, ensuring sufficient distribution to meet the city's demands, with strict warnings against overcharging.