South India flooding: 269 dead in Tamil Nadu
CHENNAI (92 News) – As many as 269 people have died in Tamil Nadu since the heavy rain and floods began. Though there has been no rain since last night, the water level has been rising steadily in parts of Chennai.
The Met Department has warned of more rains for the next one week after Chennai was declared a disaster zone by the Tamil Nadu government, large parts of the city continue to remain under water. 35 lakes are reportedly flowing at dangerous levels, raising fears of more flooding as surplus water is flowing into Chennai.
The rains in the city have forced thousands of people to leave their country, while many factories have submerged in rain water.
The army and the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the city’s worst-affected southern suburbs to rescue people stranded in their flooded properties.
However, hundreds of people remained stranded in various parts of the city and suburbs with many hitting out at the government for its “lack of preparation even though Met officials had warned of heavy rains three days ago”.
The Chennai International airport has been closed and will remain so till December 6. The Navy’s amphibious carrier, INS Airavat, has been moved to Chennai with medical equipment, medicines and doctors. The ship is also taking 20 divers and swimmers and 15 boats.