Chennai comes to a standstill as heavy rains flood city

India’s manufacturing capital Chennai came to a standstill on Sunday, with many areas flooded after the southern Indian coast was battered by heavy rainfall overnight, prompting authorities to issue warnings and evacuate people from low-lying areas.

Local media showed footage of cars submerged under water, uprooted trees and people being rescued on rubber boats in various parts of Chennai, the largest city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and often called ‘India’s Detroitdue to its large car-making industry.
Greater Chennai Corporation, the civic body, said on Twitter it had opened up relief centers and medical camps across the city and was distributing food to flood victims.
    Heavy rains were expected to continue for the next four days in different parts of Tamil Nadu, the southern Andhra Pradesh state and the union territory of Puducherry, India’s meteorological department said in a statement on Sunday, asking fishermen not to venture into sea.
      Firefighters rescue people on a boat from a flooded residential area after heavy rain in Chennai on November 7.

      The rains will continue as low pressure is created by a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal, 它说.
        Chennai, 随着 11 other districts, were affected by more than 20 厘米 (7.8 英寸) of rainfall, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister M. ķ. Stalin told reporters, according to Reuters partner ANI. He added that he had asked all his ministers to help in recovery efforts.
        I have instructed officials and sent the national disaster management team to the respective areas,” Stalin said. Local media showed Stalin inspecting flood-hit areas.
            The rains in Chennai were the heaviest since 2015, weather blogger Pradeep John said on his Facebook page Tamil Nadu Weatherman.
            The meteorological department also issued a moderate to high threat of flash floods in certain parts of southern India while the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said it was inspecting certain low-lying areas.

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