Tamil Nadu capital Chennai on Friday continued to reel under a flood-like situation due to heavy rains.
The downpour has forced around 70,000 people to move into relief camps.
Most parts of Chennai like Mogappair and Kotturpuram were submerged under water as incessant rains lashed the city for the past one week due to a low pressure trough in the Bay of Bengal.
In Vanagaram area, the hapless residents were seen wading through knee-deep water as it entered the houses. They said they haven’t received any help from the authorities yet.
Kamla, a resident, said, “The water has surrounded the whole area and to take it out, we are getting equipments with our own money. When we start to take out the water, the authorities come and object it.”
She added, “Now tell me, what do we do? Do we continue to live like this?”
The flood waters have so far claimed 71 lives, inundated homes, farmland and highways, forcing the authorities to shut down schools and colleges in some areas.
Many relief teams have been carrying out teams rescue operations to take out people from flooded areas.
Meanwhile, the weather office in Tamil Nadu has predicted more rainfall in the coming days.
S.R. Ramanan, Senior Official of the state metrological department, said, “As far as forecast for next 24 hours is concerned, it is likely to rain at many places in the coastal districts and few places in Indian districts. One or two places in Indian district may experience heavy rainfall. As far as Chennai city is concerned, it will be moderately cloudy and rain will occur in some areas.”
However, the situation is expected to get worse as the authorities have decided to release around 5000 cusecs of water from the overflowing Chembarambakkam Lake outside Chennai, which is likely to submerge nearby low-lying areas and inundate the city.