Loud crackling thunder, bright lightning and intense rain woke up many Chennai residents in several parts of the city on Thursday early morning. The rains continued for several hours resulting in water logged roads in several localities. On Wednesday, IMD had said the northeast monsoon has commenced over extreme south peninsular India, including Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Chennai lashed with heavy rainfall, many roads waterlogged
Several public and private sector banks are operating today, ensuring services were not affected in the city and its surrounding areas, following the record rainfall last week.
With receding waters, Chennai city and suburbs battled hard to pick up pieces of life but occasional heavy rains threatened to revive the ghost of flooding as lakhs of people.
Congress demanded that the government declare the situation caused by torrential rains in Chennai and surrounding areas in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry as a "national disaster".
The document is also sounding board for anyone with an internet connection and in need of a roof and basic supplies. Until Wednesday afternoon it listed homes in 217 locations, from Parry’s to Perungudi, that can take in people.
Indian environment experts attending the Paris climate change summit today said the downpour in the city was an outcome of global warming.
Many parts of the city had to deal with inundation as residential areas were flooded due to heavy downpour which continued albeit in shorter spells during the day.
Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, remained shut in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, as the Tamil Nadu government appealed to private firms to allow their employees work from home.
The corporation’s figure only took into account the petitions received by the 24/7 control room at Ripon Buildings, indicating that the civic body’s 1913 helpline was not registering complaints.
Rainfall activity over entire Tamil Nadu along with Chennai will witness an increase after 24 hours, said Skymetweather in its report.
The employees of OrangeScape decided to do their part by creating a website Chennaiassemble.com on top of distributing food, medicine and clothes.
The Chennai floods was not a natural disaster, but one caused by the state bureaucracy's failure to regulate release of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir.
The Sri Lankan Navy retrieved the body and handed it over to the government hospital at Trincomallee, with the Indian Embassy having been notified about the matter, he said.
The Centre has announced a special scheme for "prompt re-issue" of passports, which were damaged in floods, at free-of-cost in Chennai and other districts.
SBI has announced waiving off penalty for late payment or no payment of EMI for November and December for home, car and and personal loans.
Domestic passenger flight operations from Chennai airport, which were suspended, will resume from tomorrow morning.
27 truck loads of ready-to-eat meals, four lakh bottles of drinking water and other essential food items have also been sent to the state.
Nearly 400 people, including university students, were taken to safety today by a team of defence and NDRF personnel as operations continued in full swing.
The IAF has put in 13 helicopters, C17s and C130s for relief and rescue operations in Chennai following the flooding.
In view of floods, ICICI Bank today said it has decided not to impose any penalty on its Chennai customers for delay in EMI and credit card payments for November.
Around 130 people including over 60 university students and an old French couple were flown to Delhi from here today after they were taken to safety by a coordinated team of defence and NDRF personnel.
This will be valid only for all loan applications submitted on or before December 31, 2015, subject to HDFC's norms and eligibility criteria.
"Maharashtra Govt immediately arranged for 2 buses from Bengaluru for the stranded students & will ensure that they reach home soon," he said.
The special train will leave Mangaluru Central at 8 PM on Friday and reach Arakkonam Junction at 10.30 AM on Saturday,a railway spokesperson said.
Director General of the force, O P Singh, will also travel to the state to review the operations and effectively monitor these activities.
The civil aviation ministry said the flights would operate daily from the naval airbase in Chennai over the next two days to rescue stranded passengers.
IIT-Madras students may lose out on good offers to other IITs in the country as Chennai continues to be in the grip of torrential rains.
Chennai turned a virtual island and several coastal areas of TN were marooned by flood waters after unprecedented rains in 100 years pounded the city.
"I urge Congress workers to extend all possible assistance to those affected by the rains & floods," he said on Twitter.
Software exporters running a big portion of their technology development and delivery from Chennai kept critical resources in their offices on Tuesday.
Rains in Chennai have severely affected outbound deliveries, logistics and supply chain for several businesses including auto majors.
With more than 3 mn people in the city cut off from basic services, authorities were under fire for slow relief and rescue operations.
Of the $38 billion annual production of auto components in India, almost 25% or $9.5 billion comes from Chennai and its surrounding automotive belt.
Industry sources estimate total production loss due to the flooding in just the Ambattur industrial estate at nearly Rs 500 crore.
Zomato is encouraging users to donate meals in Chennai on its app. A meal for 2 costs Rs 100, and the company has tied up with local NGOs to deliver the meal.
"Today is December 2 but still winter has not arrived in Bihar unlike in the past," he said, adding it was an indication of change in climate.
Patnaik today expressed concern over the torrential rains and floods in this state and assured his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa of his government's efforts in rescue and relief operations.
Right now they are doing rescue operations in Tuticorin where the whole collectorate is marooned," Sylendra Babu remarked.
The global financial services firm added that the country is expected to clock a GDP growth of 7.8 per cent in 2016.
Ford Motor India Director, R Srikanth, presented Rs one crore, while business conglomerate Amalgamations President, A Krishnamurthy contributed Rs two crore.
The contributions for undertaking relief and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas of Tamil Nadu crossed the Rs 100 crore mark.
In the online petition, telcos were asked to compensate users as their networks went down and couldn’t turn up even after almost five days after rains had halted.
Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa today urged PM Narendra Modi to postpone the examinations by two months for "adequate preparations" for them.
General insurance companies are likely to receive claims worth around Rs 200 crore from the owners of eight corporate jets that have been partly damaged by recent floods in Tamil Nadu.
Parrikar today appealed to the people to contribute to the Goa Chief Minister's fund to help victims of the recent Chennai floods instead of spending money for his birthday.
However, about 17.64 lakh people were rescued and sheltered in 6605 relief centres across the state.
Different parts of Chennai saw light showers in the morning while the weather office had forecast cloudy skies with occasional spells of rain in the city.
Finance Ministry has directed banks to restore services in flood affected areas as early as possible and asked them to ensure that no banking operation is affected on account of lost or damaged pass books.
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More unusually, especially in an otherwise parched Chennai, companies had to set up makeshift camps in their offices with mattresses and temporary shower stalls.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit flood-affected parts of Chennai this week.
The civic body, headquartered at the iconic Ripon Building, has been working day in and day out since the torrential rains pounded the capital, to drain out water and clear clogged sewerage.
Though several areas were inundated in last week's heavy rains, people still managed to post messages seeking help or sharing information about those ready to offer help.
After remaining at loggerheads with the government over ban on Maggi noodles, Nestle India was today listed among the top suppliers of food and beverage products for people affected by heavy rains in Chennai.
Flood-ravaged Chennai and its suburbs enjoyed further respite from rains today but residents battled scarcity and high prices of essential commodities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who died in Tamil Nadu floods.
Some experts have opined that Chennai being a major destination of foreign investment, the current disastrous situation could also affect the national economy.
In terms of its geography, the city of Chennai is quite disadvantaged, being close to sea level making it low-lying and prone to floods.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar today sent Rs five crore to Tamil Nadu for relief and rehabilitation work in the southern state battered by incessant rains.
Due to the rains, the company had in November lost production of 4,000 motorcycles.
"Chennai-Bikaner Express and Bhagat ki Kothi-Munnargudi Express trains would not run today," NWR's Chief PRO Tarun Jain said.
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"We are doing very well in all the segments — medium duty, heavy duty and buses. The overall industry is doing well too."
"Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods," Modi tweeted before starting for Tamil Nadu.
The rains in Chennai today abated after a torrential spell that continued for last three days leaving the areas in and around the state capital in delgue.
The NDRF is rushing about 600 personnel and over 40 inflatable boats to be deployed in relief and rescue operations in rain-battered Chennai.
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PM Modi today took stock of the flood situation in Tamil Nadu and discussed it with his cabinet colleagues, including the Home and Finance Ministers.
In addition to Rs 30 credit, Airtel has also launched a free 10 minutes credit for Airtel-to-Airtel calling for prepaid mobile customers.
The brand association of Ramanan to weather forecast has become so high that people attribute the rains to him and thank him for forcing authorities to declare holidays for continuous days.
The evening rains and subsequent massive flooding of most roads left thousands of vehicles stranded or inching forward with hardly any information on what lies ahead.
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"What we are seeing now is pretty much similar, if not worse. So our take is another five days and things will come back to normal," he said.
The weather office said the depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards and intensified into a deep depression and lay centred about 830 km of southeast Chennai, 780 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 490 km east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.
In Tamil Nadu which saw unpredictable monsoons in the last two years, these men are treated as celebrities and also asked to forecast if flights will be cancelled.
Domestic auto industry has taken a production hit of around 15 per cent due to unprecedented rains in Tamil Nadu as operations of various automakers.
Wipro will report its quarterly earnings soon. The buybacks proposal reduce the number of outstanding shares and increased EPS of the existing shareholders.
Centrum Equity Research has reiterated its sell rating on Tata Steel and revised its target price from Rs 185 to Rs 170 citing that earnings are expected to remain under pressure.
Container logistics firm Gateway Distriparks reported 43% decline in net profit at Rs 30.93 crore for the quarter ended December 2015 due to the impact of Chennai rains.
The Regional Meteorological Centre here has predicted "mainly or generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm," for the next 24 hours.
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CM Jayalaliathaa is likely to make an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai and the neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram.
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Chennai Airport authorities have shut operations till 6 AM tomorrow. All airlines, including Air India, have cancelled their operations from Chennai airport.
Indian car bazaar which got into a festive mood in October has continued the strong run in the month of November with the industry estimated to have posted yet another month of double digit growth at 10-11% .
Modi asked the people to adopt energy conservation and energy efficiency measures like the maximum use of solar-powered items.
That theme played out across the country and despite currency supplies having picked up, demand was correspondingly higher with November salaries getting paid.
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