Chennai floods: Events as they unfolded on Wednesday

IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rains for Tamil Nadu till Thursday.

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 01:00
Rescue operations underway in Chennai

Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai has been crippled by what authorities are describing as the worst rain in a century. The rains have left the city submerged and airport flooded. Train and bus services have also been brought to a halt by the incessant rains. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has reviewed the situation and deputed ministers to inspect the affected regions.

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Helpline Numbers: Tree fall and water logging - 1913; Sewage overflow - 45674567, 22200335; State Emergency - 1070; District Emergency - 1077; Electricity - 1912; Fire & Rescue -101; Army - 9840295100; NDRF - 9711077372, 01124363260, Navy - 25394240


3 December 2015, 01:00 AM

Shah Rukh Khan tweeted the following:


2 December 2015, 22:53 PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to make aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts.

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2 December 2015, 22:34 PM

Airbus 320 test lands at Rajali naval base in Arakkonam which will function as a make shift airport for passenger flights, as per ANI. 

2 December 2015, 22:33 PM

AAI trying to shift stranded passengers at Chennai Airport to Tirupati and Bengaluru: Mahesh Sharma,MoS, Civil Aviation.

2 December 2015, 22:31 PM

A tweet which noted music director AR Rahman posted yesterday:


2 December 2015, 22:22 PM

All officers, staff of IR ordered to help stranded,affected persons, in TN, provide all help and to run trains,despite challenges. MR monitoring, tweets Union Rail Minister.



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2 December 2015, 20:49 PM

Union Minister JP Nadda today spoke to Tamil Nadu Health Minister assuring all possible help.

2 December 2015, 20:29 PM

Chennai airport to remain shut till December 6, says AAI.

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2 December 2015, 19:58 PM

HM Rajnath Singh will make a statement in both the houses of the Parliament on chennai floods tomorrow.

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2 December 2015, 19:54 PM

We have so far sent 22 NDRF teams, they are carrying almost 80 boats with them. Have evacuated more than 500 people so far and we are getting calls, messages from affected people, attending them. If situations becomes ugly, then we will have to pump in more teams from various other parts of the country: NDRF DG OP Singh.

2 December 2015, 19:50 PM

Have asked my chief secretary to talk to TN's chief secretary, to give assistance of about 5 crores: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.

2 December 2015, 19:44 PM

Chennai has been officially declared a disaster zone, as per reports. 

2 December 2015, 19:29 PM

Have asked govt to proclaim chennai floods as natural disaster, take measures to provide rescue and relief ops: Kanimozhi. 

2 December 2015, 18:43 PM

BSNL to provide free services for a week.

2 December 2015, 18:18 PM

Have evacuated more than 500 people so far and we are getting calls, messages from affected people, attending them: NDRF DG, OP Singh as per ANI.

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2 December 2015, 18:04 PM

Helpline number, Southern Railway at Chennai Central - 044-25330714 and Chennai Egmore - 044-28190216. 

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2 December 2015, 18:03 PM

Just In -  NDRF teams leave for Tamil Nadu from Delhi with relief material.

2 December 2015, 17:30 PM

Deployment of Army and other forces for rescue ops in Tamil Nadu discussed in meeting by Home Minister. He has assured all possible assistance will be given, reports ANI.

2 December 2015, 17:25 PM

RS members proposal to contribute MPLAD towards chennai rains relief fund. Exemplary idea. Do remember Komen Cycone that hit Bengal in Augns in TN, tweets TMC MP Derek O'Brien.

2 December 2015, 17:23 PM

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik speaks to TN CM Jayalalithaa, conveying his concern over torrential and recurring rains in TN, as per ANI.

2 December 2015, 16:02 PM

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says BSNL will not charge its customers in Chennai for one week starting today due to the flood situation.

2 December 2015, 15:54 PM

2 December 2015, 15:54 PM

DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi says the situation in Tamil Nadu is very bad.

"Agriculture, cattle, everything is getting affected. Hospitals have no power," she told Rajya Sabha a little while back. "Students have not gone to schools for more than 15 to 16 days, books washed away in floods," she added.

2 December 2015, 15:50 PM

2 December 2015, 15:50 PM

2 December 2015, 15:42 PM

Rajya Sabha MPs will contribute towards the relief for Chennai floods victims. Amount will be decided after consulting RS Chairman.

2 December 2015, 15:42 PM

2 December 2015, 15:41 PM

Alok Bhatnagar, Naval officer in charge of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, says ship carrying basic facilities like drinking water and food will arrive tomorrow. 

"We have deployed helicopters and boats in several parts for relief and rescue measures," adds Bhatnagar.

2 December 2015, 15:18 PM

Railway PRO Anil Saxena says they have had to cancel 23 trains, divert 11 and partially cancel 8 trains due to heavy rains in Chennai.

Passengers are advised to check status of their trains before embarking on their journey, Saxena says further, adding, "We're taking measures to provide drinking water and other basic facilities to passengers stranded in trains and at stations".

2 December 2015, 15:14 PM

Here are some of the areas in Chennai that have been most affected by the heavy downpour:

Chennai floods - Eight Most affected areas

2 December 2015, 14:42 PM

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a meeting on Chennai flood situation and the rescue and relief measures, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu has informed the Lok Sabha.

2 December 2015, 14:18 PM

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2 December 2015, 13:51 PM

Situation is worrying in Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Alternate arrangements are being made. We have also set up a helpline, says Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister.

2 December 2015, 13:50 PM

A news was doing the rounds that crocodiles have escaped from the Madras Crocodile Bank. The news was a hoax and residents of Chennai need not worry. 

2 December 2015, 13:40 PM

2 December 2015, 13:40 PM

The Hindu, one of the country's most respected and oldest daily, did not come out with a Chennai edition today. It is the first time since 1878 that the newspaper was not printed in Chennai. The Hindu did not come out with Chennai edition today as its workers could not access the press due to rains and floods in Chennai.

2 December 2015, 13:35 PM

2 December 2015, 13:34 PM

In a bid to assist people stranded in Chennai due to flooding, telecom major Airtel has announced an auto credit of upto Rs 30 talk time, free of cost credit of 10 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calling, and free credit of 50 MB mobile data for its prepaid customers.

2 December 2015, 13:32 PM

Many users on Twitter are also alerting people. Here's one such tweet:

2 December 2015, 13:31 PM

2 December 2015, 13:30 PM

2 December 2015, 13:27 PM

Earlier in the day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed concern over the situation in Chennai. He tweeted:

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2 December 2015, 13:25 PM

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2 December 2015, 13:24 PM

2 December 2015, 13:24 PM

Indian Coast Guard has also joined the rescue operations in Chennai.