Chennai and other parts of rain-ravaged Tamil Nadu were left marooned anf flooded with signs of devastation caused by the nature's fury. Over 270 lives have lost till now in the flash-floods.
The incessant rains, that broke century's record, in last 24 hours has left the city with water-logged roads and inundated airports and railway stations.
Normal life came to a grinding halt as schools, colleges, offices, IT forms and shops had to face complete shutdown.
As per an Assocham reports, Rs 15,000 crore loss has been incurred in Tamil Nadu due to recent downpour.
Here are some facts that reveal the story of Chennai devastation:
Cuddalore, Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur are worst-affected districts. Here are some numerical facts with dates:
- Oct 28, 2015: North-East monsoon entered Tamil Nadu.
- Nov 8, 2015: Low pressure developed in Bay of Bengal, that led to heavy rains.
- Dec 1, 2015: Heavy downpour started that continued intermittently till Wednesday, Dec 3.
- From 8.30 am on Dec 1 to 8.30 am on Dec 2, 330 mm rainfall was recored.
- From Nagapattinam to Cuddalore, rainfall from 45 mm to 133 mm was recorded.
- As per the IMD department, 100 mm rains are likely to occur for next 2 days.
- 40% mobile and 20% landline connections are disrupted.
- So far, the death toll has been recorded as 269 in Tamil Nadu, 54 in Andhra Pradesh and 2 in Puducherry.
- 28 teams of NDRF with 944 personnel and 102 boats have been deployed.
- 7 teams of 434 army personnels are deployed to carry out relief and rescue work.
Till now, 40,432 people have been successfully evacuated.
- In Puducherry, 2 teams of NDRF including 70 workers and 8 boats have been deployed.
- In Andhra Pradesh, 6 teams of NDRF including 211 workers and 21 boats have been deployed.
Salute to NDRF, Army, Navy & Air Force
- NDRF rescued 11,291 flood victims and shifted them to safe shelters.
- 255 naval officers and 12 boats have been deployed.
- INS Arihant ferried 20 divers, 3 boats, 1 medical team and 1 helicopter to Chennai.
- IAF ferried 14 teams of NDRF.
- 19 helicopter sorties rescued 22 people.
When everything came to a standstill
- Till Wednesday, Dec 2, 26 trains had been cancelled.
- Basin Bridge railway yard was flooded with over one and half feet water, that halted train services.
- At Chennai airport, out of 1,500 stranded passengers were taken to safe places.
Centre's help to rain-hit Tamil Nadu
- Oct 24, 2015, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa led-AIADMK government sought the financial assistance of Rs 8,481 crore.
- On Dec 3, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned the fund of Rs 1,000 for rehabilitation purpose.
- Tamil Nadu has received Rs 940.42 crore from the Central government, out of which Rs 552 crore were allocated under special planning.