Chennai floods

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Print edition : January 08, 2016

A view of flooded Thideer Nagar below the Maraimalai Adigalar Bridge at Saidapet in Chennai. Photo: S. R. Raghunathan

The salt pan at Kovalam near Chennai heavily inundated on December 3. Photo: M. Karunakaran

People waiting to collect flood relief at Kargil Nagar at Tiruvottiyur in Chennai on December 10. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Photo: PTI

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K. Gnanadesikan. He faulted the India Meteorological Department for not giving accurate forecasts. Photo: V. Ganesan

The release of water from the Chembarambakkam reservoir and the havoc wreaked by the overflowing Adyar river in several localities along its banks in Chennai have raised pertinent questions about the role of the Tamil Nadu government during the emergency and relief phase of the floods. But the government is in denial mode.

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