Chennai: Vagaries of the weather have literally stalled life at southern Chennai’s Velachery. Many families in the locality have taken the help of private boat services to move out from Velachery.
“Our apartment and neighbouring areas are flooded. We along with three other families took a private boat service today morning to reach a safer place,” said Bhanu a resident of Srinivasa Nagar.
Many people remained stranded in several other parts. “We are trying to get a boat service to move out from our house which is on the first floor. Ground floors in our apartments are almost filled with water and the level is still rising. My family including my wife, mother and two year old son are stranded here,” said T.P. Sreenath, a software professional living in Ram Nagar.
Official response to water logging is very poor, said Mitty Thomas, a home maker residing in Jyotsna, a popular housing colony in Padmavathy Nagar. “There was no prior information from authorities and we are running out of groceries and vegetables,” she said.
Several people living in ground floors have taken help from neighbours living on upper floors. Not just households, even offices in Velachery, home to several start-ups are having a harrowing time.
“We are running a garment start-up. Due to heavy rains, water gushed into the ground floor of our office-cum-warehouse and damaged goods,” said K. Malini, Operations Manager at Tradester Retail and Wholesale Pvt Ltd.
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