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Chennai floods: Relief as weather forecasts show no heavy rains


After nearly three weeks of non-stop heavy rains and ten days of heavy floods, Chennai ties heave a sigh of relief as weather forecast shows no possibilities of heavy rains. However, the city and coastal districts will continue to receive rainfall for the next three days.

Meanwhile, defence forces including the Army, Navy, Airforce and others are working day and night to rescue people from many parts of the city and suburbans. Hundreds of people are still stuck in places like Velacherry, Pozhichallur and OMR - where all the IT majors have offices. People stranded in suburbans at GST road - which connects Southern districts - are still waiting for rescue teams to reach out to them.

They continue to send messages to different groups and on social media pleading for help. An IT enginneer posted saying he is stuck with a seven month old kid and his family for three days. Similarily lots of people have posted saying they have sick and elderly people with them and are in need of food and water. Helpline numbers either could not be reached or were constantly busy. Many could not call as telecommunications in many parts of the city are down.

Food, water, power and othet essential products are continue to be in demand and scarcity continues. Mobile network across the city continues to be bad. Airport and railway stations, except for MRTS and Metroril, are not operational. ATMs are dry. Chennai airport is available for limited day time operations for technical ferry and relief flight, said union ministry of civil aviation.

The airport has been shut down till December 6th owing to flooding of the runway due to the floods. Bus services both in the city and connecting other parts of the state were restored partially. People, mainly the migrants, continue to leave from Chennai through whichever mode possible.

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