Despite severe floods and heavy monsoons in the recent past, Tamil Nadu government continues with a practice of interim action whenever the monsoon starts battering its towns and villages. The situation is same this season where a heavy rainy season has been predicted after a severe draught.
On Tuesday, when the state capital Chennai started getting heavy rains and inundauated streets crippling normal life, chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami convened a meeting of all government officials to prepare an action plan to counter any kind of floods which may pose threat to the city.
The Tamil Nadu government said in a release on Tuesday that it has positioned nearly 10,000 first responders across the State and steps have been taken to store the excess water.
“The government has kept ready 121 multi-purpose halls, 4768 schools, 105 colleges, 2394 marriage halls and community centers to accommodate the victims of the flood,” said the release. Clearly a stop gap action, according to the experts. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains the State from 25 October as part o the NE Monsoon.
The 2015 floods crippled Chennai and surrounding areas and claimed more than 200 lives. Absence of storm water drain was cited as one of the reasons for the flood which ravaged the metropolis for almost three weeks.