Chennai, Dec 2: As Tamil Nadu is left battered and bruised by heavy rains and floods, the residents are forced to stay indoors and many are left in the lurch.
The incessant downpour and overflowing water bodies have led to the deployment of army, navy and NDRF personnel for carrying out relief and rescue operations.
Navy Helpline: 044-25394240
Southern Railway Helpline:
044-29015204, 044-29015208, 044-28190216, 044-25330714
For Food Helpline: 0-9094790989
Normal life has been crippled since last 24 hours due to deluge and non-stop torrential rains, also leading to the complete shutdown of Chennai airport till Dec 3, Thursday morning, thus leaving the passengers frustrated. [Chennai floods: Nature's fury stops 'The Hindu' from publication for the 1st time in history!]
Meanwhile, #ChennaiFloods and Tamil Nadu Govt are trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Here are some tweets:
Friend from East Tambaram can prepare food for 10 in an hour. His contact number 9940271993/9789922024 Name : V S Krishna #ChennaiFloods— Harikrishna (@Sapattu_Raman) December 2, 2015
Unable to get connected ovr mobile phones,can email @ firstname.lastname@example.org Best possible help will be provided at earliest asap#ChennaiFloods— NarendraKumar (@nk_prajapat) December 2, 2015
prayers to everyone affected by the #ChennaiFloods.— Jaysin Fox (@celloafox) December 2, 2015
Be Safe everyone. Nature unleashes fury and time to stay together. Help together. Amazing response from locals on #ChennaiFloods— Arun (@arun_rajndran) December 2, 2015
for thoraipakkam area neighborhood lifeline of perungudi cont. 9445190014 #ChennaiFloods— karthikeyan (@karthik36757067) December 2, 2015
Inundated and water-logged roads have led to heavy traffic snarls, severely disrupting train and bus services.
Adding to the woes, the MeT department has predicted the state to brace for more rains in next three days. Chennaites have also been facing frequent power cuts, disrupted mobile services besides other hardships.
In the meantime, auto-rickshaw and cab drivers are having a good time, as they are charging sky-rocketing price from the stranded people.
So far, 188 lives have been lost in rain-ravaged areas in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur.