Rain fury: Army, Navy out in Chennai as heavy rains batter city, suburbs; airport flooded

Non-stop torrential rains since Tuesday night pounded several parts of Chennai and its suburbs and Puducherry triggering a deluge completely disrupting normal life as armyand navy were deployed in two suburban areas to undertake rescue on a war footing.

Two columns of army’s Garrison Infantry Battalion have been pressed into service in Tambaram and Oorapakkam after the Tamil Nadu government sought military assistance. The Navy is also on stand-by.

“More army personnel are coming to Chennai from Bengaluru,” a Defence Public Relations official said adding “they have already left for Chennai.”

Navy personnel were deployed in Sadiapet area of Chennai to rescue people marooned in low-lying areas.

All flight operations at Chennai airport were suspended tonight.

The rains that have virtually broken a 100-year-old record with one day’s rainfall covering a month’s average also flooded areas in Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam as nearby lakes overflowed into the city.

Adding to the woes, Chennai city and neighbouring districts braced for more rains as the Met deparment predicted heavy to very heavy rains in the next four days.

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