Thursday, October 27, 2005

Rain Rain

Chennai's being lashed by some mega-rains for more than a day now. I spoke to my parents today morning and the first thing they said was "We feel like we're sitting in an island here!". They said that it had been raining heavily and non-stop since Wednesday afternoon and that there was more than knee-high water on all the roads surrounding our house. Schools and most offices were closed and my brother found out after getting to work in an auto that they had declared a holiday too (an IT company declaring a holiday... ironically, thats what made me realize how serious the situation was!). The EB voluntarily cut off power during the day(good idea!) and restored it around 5pm. So unlike some of the other worse-hit areas, they actually did have electricity when I called.

The situation seemed worse at my MIL's parents' home. There water actually seeped into the house and everyone had to move to the first floor. From what I heard, there was enough water to submerge a parked scooter! They are now getting drinking water and food from a nearby center.

23 Comments:

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

I forgot to ask you. Which area is your gp-i-ls' home?

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

west mambalam

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

check out the yahoo satellite image for Asia. Looks like it crossed.

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous ram said...

mr. varun epavume chennai porutha varaikkum vechaa kudumi, saracha mottai thaan :(

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Me too said...

Guess, for once the weather forecasters were right (Keerthi's post)

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

balaji:spoke to my folks who live in T.Nagar last night and they said the same thing too, its been pouring non stop and my dad was saying that taking out the car etc and all is not feasible with the roads condition. I remember one segment of GN.Chetty Road near Sun theatre where even autos would be unable to go with rains.

Good news is in summer there won't be any water problem.

 
At 7:34 PM, Blogger skanda said...

I was india the whole of last week..the whether was not very good..the area where i staying near Usman road was flooded and i could not even go out as entire road full of mud and dirty water..

The chenai airport is also flooded and most flights have been rerouted to Delhi due to bad whether..the situation looks bad isn't..

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

latest: water has receded quite a bit and sun is peaking out.

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger vee-jay said...

Much better in chennai now - buses and electric train services have resumed and it is bright outside. Electricity restored in some parts of the city. Water logging still found in low lying areas though.
But a heavy rain alert is still on and all schools, colleges are closed. Some offices declared a holiday today as well.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger Prasanna said...

yes balaji...it was one of those worse days for us. The whole city was like a swimming pool.Water was knee deep everywhere. It usually takes 20 mins by auto to reach home from office. Yesterday it took abt 2 hrs. Since they predicted a cyclone, my company announced a holiday. The street next to home was so flooded that the auto in which i was travelling became Titanic. It started sinking in water!!!!! But Auto drivers were having a great day. Since everyone's one aim was either to reach office or reach home, all were prepared to give any amt to the auto drivers. They were charging almost triple the usual rate. No call taxis were available. Even travel companies called it a day off, since none of the drivers were prepared to take any risk. On the whole, it was a day which made Chennai people say "Never again will i utter the words..Rain". Theres a rumour that even the movie Mazhai was taken off theatres!!!!!

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, defly true in this case. only extremes!

mitr, yep. thats probably the silver lining. and if it happens, its a real big lining for sure...

munimma/vee-jay, thats good news. thanx for the info :)

prasanna, wonder how the autos kept running even in so much water! that last line was very funny :)

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous rekhs said...

we r back to almost normalcy
can see the sun smiling at us:)

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous rekhs said...

balaji since i hv tons to catch up on here ...donno if u mentioned the fact many celebs got raided in the rain!!!???
kenny surya harris ARR oscarravi 9tara asin vijay......
IT had a field day!!!

 
At 10:22 PM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

Am planning to leave for chennai from bangalore tonight/ Hopefully the trains will run :-(

And Prasanna. Mazhai la Shreya irukaada ;-) Yaarayum thooka allow panna maatom :-P

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

rekhs, thats good to know :)
i did read about the raid. kaps mentioned it on his blog too...

prabhu, i heard a few trains have started running again. good luck :)

wow avlo periya fan-aa shriyakku?

 
At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Maverick said...

After talking to a few folks back in Chennai, I know that the situation in Chennai today is much better. The rains have stopped and the water has started receding and the relief work is making good progress. I have to point out one thing here. When I was watching the TV news channels y'day, you could see a distinct difference in the way Sun news was reporting when compared to Jaya TV. Though, this is nothing new, I had to say the way Chennai corporation reacted to this massive rains (27 cms in one day) is very appreciable. Since it had rained non-stop and the heave downpour happening at the early hours of thursday from 3 to 6 am, they have done very good work later in the day to restore some sort of normalcy. To see a few buses plying despite such rains was a good thing. North Madras as usual bore the brunt because of its low-lying areas. Even the NDTV channel praised Chennai's relief efforts today when compared to what happened in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Bangalore's already crying infrastructure came to a standstill when it rained for the past few days and nothing worthy was done in the name of relief efforts. People were left to fend themselves and the usual cries of the lack of infrastructure from the public and IT cos fell on deaf ears. Forget, being called as IT capital or a Silicon city...Bangalore even lacks the infrastructure for a usual state capital and the relief efforts during crisis times are non-existant.

With the nature in full force in recent times (Tsunami, Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Kashmir quake, Mumbai floods, Chennai/Bangalore/Kolkatta floods), I wish our government sets up some kind of 'Disaster Recovery teams' in place as early as possible and try to improve the relief efforts.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Wow..sorry to hear the sufferings of your In-laws. Very sad situation.!!

I read about it everywhere today.!! We need the rains..but we need breaks as well.!

God bless chennai.

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

mav, rightly said. i've been in chennai during some rains but nothing of this magnitude. but i was pleasantly surprised to read about the runway being cleared and trains running again and water being pumped out, etc. so soon after the downpour. the corporation does seem to have handled the situation very well... nice to c the recognition on NDTV :)

narayanan, yeah. chennai was so badly in need of water that the people r not complaining about these rains. they r looking @ the bright side - not having to suffer for water in the near future :)

 
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