Chennai: With incessant rains killing at least 5 people in Chennai and damaging several houses in the past few days, the Madras High Court on Tuesday warned the Greater Chennai Corporation for failing to take adequate measures to prevent flooding in the city during heavy rains.
The High Court also sought to know what the civic body was doing for the past six years following the devastating floods in 2015. The high court also warned the civic body of suo motu proceedings if the present situation was not brought under control.
The warning came as Chennai and several suburbs in Chengelpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts witnessed heavy rainfall since Saturday.
Five dead, 70 houses damaged
At last five people have died due to rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu and over 260 huts and over 70 houses have been damaged. Surplus rainwater gushed out of reservoirs while several roads here resembled swollen rivers and four persons were killed in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu.
The state authorities have alerted the people living in low-lying areas. The Poondi, Cholavaram, Puzhal, Chembarmbakkam and Thervai Kandigai reservoirs here and Veeranam lake, about 230 kilometres from here released surplus water, which was cumulatively a little over 10,000 cusecs of water, as showers continued in catchment areas.
The Mettur reservoir in the Salem district is expected to touch its full level of 120 feet soon and the discharge of surplus water is expected on Tuesday. People have been alerted and local authorities advised to move residents of low lying areas to safer locations.