Its now Chennai’s turn to get deluged!
As I am writing this, rains in Chennai seems to have stopped. But oh my God! what a day it was! Water everywhere!
We had seen the rain footage from Mumbai, and more recently from Bangalore, on TV. But today, we had a hands on experience. It has been mentioned in the media that this has been the heaviest rainfall (27 cm) in Chennai in the last 10 years. Of course, it is nothing compared to the 90 cm rain that they received in Mumbai a couple of months back.
This morning I braved the weather to go to work, but couldn’t move beyond the first 500 meters or so. All the roads that I can possibly take to reach Mount Road were water logged, and the traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. Of course it was pouring down rather heavily while I was watching all this. I was completely drenched by then, and had to return back. Luckily, my bike’s engine is still roaring.
For countless others in other parts of Chennai, it has been a day of disasters. Media reports suggest that more than 60 people might have died in Chennai alone. Countless houses are flooded, and there are uprooted trees everywhere. The vital thing now is to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases.
The guys over at the Chennai Helpline did an excellent job of keeping the world abreast of the developments over the day. Great work!
Finally, rains stopped around 2000 hrs, and it is pretty calm outside now. Hope Chennai will bounce back to its normal self tomorrow.