Chennai: Amid incessant rainfall in southern India, large swathes of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been inundated. Dozens of people have died in rain-related incidents while thousands have been relocated to relief centres. The Indian Meteorological Department has also predicted heavy rainfall for several states in the days to come.
According to an update shared by the Andhra Pradesh government on Friday night, 44 people have lost their lives and 16 remain missing as nearly 2000 villages were affected by the unprecedented rainfall. 211 villages have been completely inundated. “The rains began on the 16th – 17th. As never seen before in history, heavy rains inundated Rayalaseema. On the streets of Tirumala and in the town of Tirupati, we have experienced heavy rains and vehicles being washed away,” the government said.
With nearly one lakh families affected by floods, the Andhra Pradesh government has announced a slew of compensations. According to an update from the administration, compensation for dead cattle is to be paid immediately, and the process would be expedited for those whose houses were damaged. The government has sanctioned Rs. Rs 1.8 lakh for a new house, along with compensation at the rate of Rs 95,000 for those whose residences were completely damaged.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin is slated to meet Governor RN Ravi today amid continuous and heavy rainfall. Eight people have died in the state and more than 10,000 have been shifted to relief centres. Parts of Chennai are now flooded, roads turning into streams and water entering houses. An ANI report quoting a local also said that they had seen “a few reptiles in the water”. Subways have been closed in the Capital city after flooding.
“Waterlogging has been reported at 220 places in Chennai, out of which water is cleared at 34 places. The process to pump out floodwater is ongoing at 127 places,” state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister KKSSR Ramachandran told news agency ANI.
The shutters of the Chembarambakkam lake have also been raised to let out surplus water.
Hundreds of houses have been damaged across the state, and in some areas, several acres of paddy fields went under water damaging the crops. Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the worst affected districts. Two teams of NDRF have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram. The weather department has issued a red alert for several districts including Chennai. Schools and colleges remained shut on Saturday as the state government declared a holiday for educational institutions in 23 districts.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Puducherry received light showers on Friday night. The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in the Union Territory till November 29. The UT has declared a holiday in all schools and colleges for two days in Puducherry and Karaikal.