Chennai, December 7: Almost after a week being submerged in water, life in Chennai has come to normalcy as all the needful resources including transport has been operational from Monday morning. The airport, train, road, ATMs, banks, telephone services and electricity has been restored in the southern capital.
The Airport Authorities of India said, The Chennai Airport has become fully operational from this morning, as airliners are resuming their domestic and international flights from there.
Civil Aviation authorities have said, the airport that was shut down last Wednesday due to heavy inundation is now ready for operation day and night. With this, the city has got integrated with all modes of transport that were hugely affected by the recent floods.
There has been fresh spells of rain in Chennai and its suburbs and Cuddalore district yesterday.
The weather officials have said that a new trough of low pressure in South West Bay of Bengal in combination with the existing low pressure area off Kanyakumari coast would bring rain in the state with the possibility of isolated heavy downpour in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next twenty four hours.
Quoting sources AIR correspondent reports that the death toll due to flood-related incidents in Tamil Nadu is feared to have crossed 325.
In the rain-devastated Chennai and its suburbs, the Army has over sixty teams including medical units undertaking relief measures for those who are living in areas that are still engulfed by water and those in temporary shelters.
Indian Coast Guard made ten air sorties yesterday and dropped about two tonnes of relief materials in coordination with the state authorities. Navy distributed more than two tonnes of essential items through aerial and road means.
The NDRF personnel are continuing their biggest ever rescue and relief operations in Tamil Nadu. Educational institutions are given leave in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallu and Cuddalore districts today as well.
Meanwhile in Tamil Nadu, heavy rain in interior parts of the state has led to flood alerts in many districts including Theni, Tirupur Karur and Tirunelveli.
The level of Mullaperiyar Dam level is expected to reach 142 feet today. Heavy rain in interior Tamil Nadu has led to excess waters being released from Amaravathy and Papanasam dams.
Mullaperiyar Dam level is inching towards to its permissible capacity of 142 feet. The moment it reaches that level third and final flood warning will be issued to Theni district of Tamil Nadu and Idukki district of Kerala.
The water level has reached 141.25 feet. Heavy rain in catchment areas has led to inflow into the Mullaperiyar Dam rising to 1769 cusecs.
The out flow from the dam has been increased to 1400 cusecs from 500 cusecs. In Tirunelveli district Thamaraparani river is in spate as excess water from many dams including Papanasam, Servalar, Ramanadhi dams.
As Papanasam Dam level has reached 142 feet more than 10,000 cusecs of water is being released. District collector Karunakaran has advised people living near the river to move to safer places.
As Amaravathy dam in Tirupur district has reached its full level of 90 feet, 23000 cusecs water flowing into the dam is released as such leading to flood alert in Tirupur and Karur districts.
People living near Amaravathy river are being asked to move to safer places as water from Shanmugha nadhi, Kudakanaru may lead to flood.