Roads in both parts of the city are subjected to stagnation and severe damage, as was evident on Tuesday. Motorists had a tough time manoeuvring through the waters mainly on Prakasam Road opposite Madras High Court and parts of Walltax Road.

Monsoon is, perhaps, the only time the north-south disparity in the city is relatively less pronounced.

Roads in both parts of the city are subjected to stagnation and severe damage, as was evident on Tuesday. Motorists had a tough time manoeuvring through the waters mainly on Prakasam Road opposite Madras High Court and parts of Walltax Road.

Areas around the Corporation’s Pulianthope zonal office, Choolai High Road and Perambur Barracks Road also witnessed water stagnation. Traffic flow was slower than usual in parts of north Chennai. Two trees on Basin Bridge Road and Kalmadapam Road in Royapuram fell on Tuesday morning, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Challenges faced while commuting are only a part of the story. For some, livelihood concerns crop up with every spell of rain.

“Life becomes hard for people like us as the rains and bad roads make mobility difficult. Despite the rains, I have to take the fish from the harbour to the market as I may be jobless for the next few days if the rain is heavy and the winds are too strong,” said Isakimani, a fish-cart puller. However, Ganesapuram Subway in Vyasarpadi — notorious for getting water-logged — remained largely clear.

Scene in the southern suburbs

For the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on Tuesday, rainfall recorded in Tambaram was 20 millimetres.

After a lull for over a week, the skies opened around midnight on Monday. Since then, it has been pouring non-stop all over the southern suburbs. Rail and bus services were not affected.

A minor accident took place near the Areva traffic signal on Grand Southern Trunk Road at Pallavaram on Tuesday morning. Though no one was hurt, four cars and a stone-laden lorry were trapped in the collision and they suffered minor damages. Traffic policemen at the spot said slippery roads must have caused a brake failure in one of the cars, resulting in the mishap.

The accident happened a little past 10 a.m. Firemen too did not receive any distress or rescue calls in the past 24 hours.

It’s raining umbrellas

Umbrellas and pain balms sold like hot cakes on Tuesday. Ritchie Street’s Chinaware sellers sold transparent umbrellas for Rs. 80 each. “Business is okay. People who forgot to bring their umbrellas are buying them. These are not branded. We bought them from Mumbai,” said an umbrella seller.

In this season of chills and colds, handy-sized containers of pain balms too were in demand. Neighbourhood pharmacies said that customers asked for quick relief tablets and balms. In fact, one could even catch the scent of balms while travelling in the city.

Not many interior roads in the south had water stagnation in the morning. Some roads had been cut in places to allow water to run to the other side.

As the day progressed, water stagnation was witnessed on portions of roads including on Anna Salai, South Boag Road and Rajiv Gandhi Salai. Municipal administration minister K.P. Munusamy also inspected areas including Thoraipakkam and Ram Nagar in Madipakkam on Tuesday.

Chennai Corporation commissioner D. Karthikeyan said preparations had been made to handle any emergencies. “Wherever water stagnation is there, pumps have been positioned,” he said.

(With inputs from Deepa H. Ramakrishan, Petlee Peter and K. Manikandan)

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