Rain & ruin

Print edition : December 11, 2015

A woman salvaging her belongings at Purushothaman Nagar in Cuddalore on November 11. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Residents of CTO Colony in West Tambaram being evacuated on November 17. Tambaram received 33 cm of rainfall in a single day. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

An IAF helicopter airlifts stranded residents of Varadarajapuram in Kancheepuram district on November 16. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Carcasses of cattle that were washed away in the floods under the Kurinjipadi bridge in Cuddalore district on November 12. Photo: S.S. Kumar

A paddy field submerged in rainwater at Kurinjipadi near Neyveli. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The Buckingham Canal at Sholinganallur in Chennai on November 16. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Even as the Buckingham Canal overflows on the road linking Old Mahabalipuram Road and East Coast Road, a PWD announcement dating back to 2010 claims that the project to prevent flooding would be completed in 18 months. It even gives the contractor’s name. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Fire and Rescue Services personnel evacuating residents of Pari Nagar in Jafferkhanpet in Chennai, after the Adyar river began to swell.

When the sluices of the Chembarambakkam reservoir near Chennai opened on the morning of November 16. Photo: M. Vedhan

The northern side of the Pallikaranai marsh in Chennai encroached upon by housing colonies and hospitals and information technology companies. Photo: S. VENKATARAAMAN

The 3,000-acre Pallikaranai marsh in Chennai, which retains water and helps in keeping the groundwater table high, has been taken over by realtors in the past few years. The picture shows housing colonies coming up on the southern side of the marsh. A realtor has separated the area with a compound wall. Photo: S. VENKATARAAMAN

After the ballast holding the railway track was washed away by flash floods at Ellappankottai near Kurinjipadi in Cuddalore district. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The monsoon havoc in Tamil Nadu points to serious lapses on the part of the government in urban planning and the maintenance of waterbodies.

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