Woman dies as tiled roof of house caves in; several areas cut off from the rest of the city

A 60-year-old woman died in Chengalpattu on Sunday night as the tiled roof of her house collapsed following incessant rain over the past few days.

According to police, Poosanam of Sunnambukara Street died on the spot. The victim and her relatives, Anand and Velu, were asleep in the house when the roof collapsed around 11 p.m. The roof caved in suddenly as the mud wall, which was wet due to rain, fell. Her relatives, who sustained injuries, were rushed to the Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital.

In Chennai and suburbs, several localities remained cut off from the rest of the city on Monday too as a result of the water-logging. Though the observatories in Nungambakkam and Meenambakkam recorded less than one cm of rainfall during the 12-hour period ending 8.30 p.m. water did not recede in many localities, including Moolakadai, Ayapakkam, Virugambakkam, Velachery and Vyasarpadi, posing hardships for the residents.

Arterial roads such as Arcot Road, Rajiv Gandhi Salai and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai continued to face congestion as the water had not completely drained.

Areas located downstream of the city reservoirs also remained flooded as water was released from the reservoirs, which were almost brimming. Residents of Kosapur said that they had to take a detour of 8 km to reach Manali as they were unable to use the flooded Kosapur causeway due to discharge from Red Hills reservoir. Many areas such as Vadaperumbakkam and Mathur were also severely affected.

Residents of areas along the Chembarampakkam reservoir also shared similar woes of being cut off from other localities owing to flooding in the Adyar river.

Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department has reduced the volume of release from the reservoirs in Poondi, Red Hills and Chembarampakkam as rains had subsided. While discharge from the waterbody in Chembarampakkam has been decreased from 3,500 cubic feet per second (cusecs) to 1,500 cusecs on Monday, the outflow from the water body in Red Hills is being maintained at 1,000 cusecs.

The discharge from the Poondi reservoir continues to be heavy with 4,500 cusecs being let out into Kosasthalaiyar river.

Corporation's relief measures

As part of its flood relief measures, Chennai Corporation distributed 9,000 bread packets and food for 42,500 people on Sunday. Residents of low-level areas continued to be provided with food on Monday, according to a press release.

Besides pumping out stagnant water from 12 vehicular subways in the city, steps have been taken to drain water from areas that have been merged with the Corporation recently, including Manali and Ambattur. A total of 33 localities, including Royapuram, Saidapet and Thiruvanmiyur, that are vulnerable to flooding are being monitored.

Officials of the Meteorological Department said the depression over Lakshadweep area and neighbourhood has intensified into deep depression and moved northwestwards. In the process, it would drag clouds over the Bay of Bengal towards Tamil Nadu and result in rainfall.

The department forecasts a few spells of rain or thundershowers in some areas on Tuesday.

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