February 2, 2023
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Waterlogging, Homes Inundated In Chennai Outskirts As Heavy Rains Continue

North Chennai is still under water in some areas after receiving six times the usual amount of rain on Wednesday.
In the upcoming days, it’s anticipated that most of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chengelpet, and other northern districts, including Vellore, would see heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.

Residents of Periyar Nagar, in the Kolathur district of Chief Minister M K Stalin, had to wade through knee-deep water as it penetrated homes.

A local resident named Bagavathi Vijaya complained that water was getting into her home and damaging her belongings. As she waded through ankle-deep water inside her home, she continued, “It’s not just rainwater; it’s combined with sewage, It’s unsanitary.

Residents report that it is typical for rainwater to enter their homes after a heavy downpour because the region is low-lying and close to a water body that has been encroached over time. “Water no longer has a natural place to go, but this has been the case for the past 40 years. We require a remedy “stated a local.

Homes in Koratur have been flooded by water from a canal that has overflowed. Indira, a tailor who suffered the loss of her television and two-wheeler in last year’s floods, is concerned. “Last year, waist-deep water flooded our house. To replace the items we lost in the floods, we had to take out a loan. Although the water is not yet so high, what if it swells? How are we going to live?”

The Greater Chennai Corporation spent around 700 crore to construct 150 kilometres of stormwater drains over the past six months.

As a result, some pockets in the city’s northern and southern regions collapsed while this stopped flooding in several hotspots, including T Nagar and Seethamal Colony.

M K Stalin, the chief minister, responded to this by saying “During its ten years in office, the AIADMK government has destroyed Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Years will pass before their faults be corrected. However, we are optimistic that we can fix it in one and a half years “added he.

Wednesday saw 30 cm of rain fall in some areas of Chennai. Such catastrophic weather conditions are clearly a result of climate change, according to top officials. “Climate change has undoubtedly had an influence on major cities, including Chennai. The recent increase in heavy rainfall can be ascribed to the years’ worth of climate change “said Greater Chennai Corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi.

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