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Extreme Rain Shuts Down Indian City (Round 2)

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015


No Power, No Transport in Chennai

Extreme rain events in India’s Tamil Nadu state, said to be the heaviest the region has experienced in 50 years, have triggered severe flooding forcing the main airport in southern India to close, cutting off roads and highways, and leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.

Chennai [metro pop: 9 million] is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, and is the largest industrial and commercial hub of southern India. It is the country’s fifth-largest city and fourth most populous metro area, and 36th-largest urban area in the world.

Floods in Tamil Nadu state have killed hundreds of people since last month, when 160 hours of non-stop rain paralyzed the city.

About 20 percent of the population have been affecetd, according to local estimates.

The city’s airport was forced to shut down indefinitely on Tuesday after floodwaters buried the runway, according to local reports.

Floodwaters have also inundated railroad tracks, forcing many cancellations.

Ranked 4th in hosting the largest number of Fortune 500 Indian companies, following Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, with a nominal economy of about US$60 billion, Chennai has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, IT, manufacturing and others sectors.

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