Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flew to Chennai to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods.
“Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods,” Modi tweeted before starting for Tamil Nadu. The Centre has described the situation in Chennai as “worrisome.”
For the first time in over 40 years, the water has risen rapidly on the river breaching the road and the Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Saidapet cutting the arterial Anna Salai, rendering it out of bounds for motorists.
Rains abated in Chennai on Thursday giving relief to people tormented by the heavy downpour of the last three days but excessive discharge of water on Tuesday night from Chembarambakkam lake on the outskirts flooded new areas of the city threatening to uproot people from their homes.
The fresh flooding of the streets in the heart of the city in areas like Kodambakkam and T.Nagar and Ashok Nagar has been caused by the release of an estimated 30,000 cusecs of water from the Chembarambakkam lake, one of city’s source of drinking water.
The sky is overcast without any fresh rainfall and people are worried about the forecast of showers over the next three days.