Chennai floods: First trains chug out of city

While water levels seem to be receding, weather department has predicted more downpour

Chennai: Currently reeling under the impact of unprecedented rains and floods, intermittent showers yesterday added to the misery faced by citizens of Chennai despite air and train services resumed partially after days of disruption.

The city appeared to be divided into two: one (mostly northern parts) and suburbs still under flood water and without power, and another where water levels have receded and electricity supply has been restored.

However, the weather department has predicted heavy rains following low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

Leaving at last!
Much to the relief of passengers stuck due to cancelled flights and trains, the Chennai airport began operating flights on the domestic routes during daytime. "We hope international flights will be operational from Monday," an airport official said.

Moreover, regular services from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore — the two main railway stations — resumed yesterday. Also, the bus services are improving with each passing day. Services of mobile and landline phones are patchy. But supply of oil to fuel stations has improved, officials said.

Expressing ire
Though the water level was seen receding in several areas, residents were beset with numerous problems.
In some places, greedy traders were making a killing by selling water, milk and several essential commodities at exorbitant prices.

"Our apartment is flooded. Yesterday, a man swam to our second floor residence and sold a milk packet for Rs 150," a woman said, adding she was grateful that at least she has got some milk.

"The crisis has shown the true picture of Chennai. Since 2011, the sewage lines were always brimming. The storm water drains were not cleared. When it poured sewage water started overflowing," said V Nitya.

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