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Sir, Well said.

I have already posted few articles of retired Senior IPS Officer of the Rank of DGP and a Senior IAS Officer among other articles to substantiate the stand that this was nearly a ‘Man made disaster’.

And in this regard, I would like to share an article published in today’s 'Times of India' which is self-explanatory.


Man made calamity: Humanitarian crisis caused by floods in Chennai could have largely been prevented

As Chennai emerges from the worst floods it has seen in over a hundred years, the sordid saga of how heavy rain turned the city into a disaster zone is slowly unfolding. There is no questioning the fact that such a quantum of rain can cause havoc in any city, particularly those with lowlands. But the catastrophe Chennai faced went beyond this.

Water release from the brimming Chembarambakkam reservoir on the city’s outskirts made this calamity a major tragedy. Record rain in mid-November had exposed the abysmal state of the city’s infrastructure. Even as the city was getting back on its feet, weather agencies predicted 500mm of rain on December 1-2. So government and the civic agency did have time to plan, but got entangled in red tape instead. It has come to light that PWD officials had advised higher-ups to bring down the reservoir level from 22 to 18 feet to make room for anticipated inflow. But this was ignored and sluice gates were opened when the reservoir reached its capacity of 24 feet. This water then spread out all over the city, flooding even areas largely unaffected by the heavy rain.

Read more at: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatime...in-chennai-could-have-largely-been-prevented/

All these are postmortem..In case Chennai had rains for 1 more day with additional rainfall of 500 mm, it would have got drowned..The question of whether they opened or not opened sluice gates 4 days in advance would not arise then because Chennai does not have a mechanism to withstand such heavy downpour...Urban planners should plan for such an eventuality...Disaster planning is a must & these professionals will be in high demand now.
All these are postmortem..In case Chennai had rains for 1 more day with additional rainfall of 500 mm, it would have got drowned..The question of whether they opened or not opened sluice gates 4 days in advance would not arise then because Chennai does not have a mechanism to withstand such heavy downpour...Urban planners should plan for such an eventuality...Disaster planning is a must & these professionals will be in high demand now.
There is no alternative to drastic measures to decongest chennai and move away people and industries in low lying areas.

Some fresh thinking is required.

Delhi is taking measures to control pollution.

Chennai needs to do a lot to properly respond to heavier monsoon in future.
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As for Disaster Management, ‘In service training’ on the subjects of ‘Anti Disaster Plan’, ‘Crisis Management’, etc are imparted to Government Officials attached to various Departments periodically and the team will draw out a draft plan every year before 'on set of North East Monsoon' to meet out the challenges posed by natural calamity.

They foresee all such unexpected eventualities in advance and get well prepared in terms of man power, sophisticated equipments and other infrastructure facilities.

There are experts and veterans in the Training Centre who have ample experience to deal with such calamities.

And such calamities are not new to India and are we not supposed to learn lessons from our earlier experience from other State?

And now we have Meteorological Department to deal with weather forecast and to warn the public well in advance.

Flood situation is not a new subject and hence does not require any new thinking.

What is required is foresightedness and acting swiftly based on the recommendation of the committee which have gone into such calamities earlier.
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Bodies pile up at govt hosp morgues, reveal damage

CHENNAI: Kaliaperumal, a resident of Saidapet, has not gone to work for the past three days even though it has stopped raining and the floodwaters have receded. He is going from one hospital morgue to another, looking for his 72-year-old father who went missing after rain flooded the city last week.

He isn't the only one. Several people who lost their loved ones during the chaos brought on by record rain in Chennai are also checking mortuaries with photographs of loved ones in hand.

After the inundation wiped out the possessions of thousands of families, the loss of life is now coming to light, with a bodies piling up at morgues in government hospitals in the city.

Government General Hospital, Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital and Stanley Medical College and Hospital have been receiving one or two bodies each day but Royapettah Government Hospital has had to make arrangements for 54 bodies in the past week, almost all were victims of drowning in floodwaters.

"We usually receive one or two bodies every day, mostly people who died in road accidents," a hospital official said. "Now most of them are people who died in the floods."

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...orgues-reveal-damage/articleshow/50114828.cms
What is widely believed now is that relief in terms of food and material is available in plenty?

More than 80% of chennai is back to normal . There might be some pockets still water logged.

They might not be fit for occupation.

Rains are slowly tapering off .

One can keep talking about stories of suffering and some dead still being still found randomly.

What matters now is rehabilitation efforts.

Many might think for people in slums and those in low income flats who have lost all , they have been set behind by more than a decade.

Those with submerged cars with insurance would probably get more for them than these people who have lost all.lol

This is indian disaster relief.

There needs to be a massive rehabilitation effort with business houses, charities, well off , govt both state and central pitching in.

It may take months for the disadvantaged to recover from the blow.

Most well off were inconvenienced for 3 or 4 days . Later I know many enjoyed the free bus rides and other freebies which a generous govt and others offered.

The losses they suffered was something they could easily take. The pain and loss stories was mostly exaggerated by them

The losses of the disadvantaged are such most do not have the heart to leave the relief centres and would continue there unless forcibly evicted.

I feel for these people.

Life has given them a raw deal
Eager to rebuild, but nowhere to go

Now that the floodwaters have receded and the city is fighting hard to get back to its feet, people staying at relief camps are eager to return to their homes and restart their lives. Government officials, however, say they would prefer if people remained at the camps until their areas of residence become safer.

But many at the corporation's relief camps have their reasons for wanting to make the shift home."Most volunteers are distributing flood relief items on the main roads. I won't get anything if I stay back in the camp, which is on an interior road," said an elderly woman in Saidapet, who just managed to get herself two packets of food. "I don't have any money .I am surviving on the food distributed by kind people," she said.

Those with no homes to go back to are now contemplating moving to slum clearance tenements built outside the city. However, the larger question that remains is whether the government, which is on the verge of elections, will be able to take up the challenge of rehabilitating the thousands who were displaced.

In Pallavan Nagar alone, more than 1,000 concrete houses were built for the slum dwellers by the govern ment about two decades ago. "But the Cooum took away all that we bought with our hard earned money. We do not mind moving to faraway tenements like the one in Semmenchery but what if those houses also cannot withstand rain? We will all be under the rubble," said Varalakshmi of Pallavan Nagar. According to Chandrasekaran Duraiswamy, an IT professional who is involved in relief and rehab work in Perungudi, many families from the nearby slums had moved to the MRTS station during the deluge "The area is fraught with danger," he said.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ld-but-nowhere-to-go/articleshow/50115879.cms
TCS is setting aside Rs 1100 crores to provide interest free loans to its employees...Employees are eligible for Rs 1 lac and up to 3 months pay as advance...Also it is reimbursing hospital expenses and also provide free transportation..Excellent initiatives by TCS!
Officials responsible for flooding must be tried for manslaughter, says PIL

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu government officials who are responsible for the delayed and unannounced release of a large quantity of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir that led to the loss of 280 lives must be tried for manslaughter, a PIL filed in the Madras high court has said.

Also, what are the factors that resulted in the flooding of Chennai must be probed by a high-powered committee headed by an ex-judge of the Supreme Court or a high court, the PIL of businessman-activist Rajiv Rai said.

Holding that the release of a huge quantity of excess water from Chembarambakkam reservoir, that too by issuing a midnight flood warning, alone was responsibe for the unprecedented flooding of Chennai city, the PIL said: "If one studies the levels of water in the various catchment tanks on a daily basis, one can see that the reservoirs had much greater inflows than outflows right through in November 2015. Some Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) ought to have been in place whereby water was let off from Chembarambakkam and other reservoirs in stages and not held back till the fateful night of December 1, 2015."

The PIL further said: "Some experts are suggesting that it was the delayed release of water from Chembarambakkam which alone was responsible for the massive flooding which took place due to overflowing of the Adyar river to levels never seen before.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...anslaughter-says-PIL/articleshow/50129632.cms
Some were laughing when I said that IT companies could be taken to court for compensation.

A PIL has been filed against the govt now.

Similar litigation can be attempted on IT majors and auto companies with compensation claims on behalf of the poor.

It might get admitted in courts.
MGR shifting from Ramavaram to a Hotel in 1985 on account of heavy rains & he 1903 rains & flooding are news to me! Interesting!
Memories of rain ravaged Madras

The 1985 floods bear a semblance to this year’s fury. The Kotturpuram slum clearance board tenements were flooded, with Ambattur and Madhavaram dairies flooded most of the city went without milk, water from Chembarambakkam was released and people residing on the banks were cautioned to move to safer places. It was this year too that Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran and his wife Janaki shifted to the Connemara Hotel after waters from the raging Adyar river surrounded their Ramavaram Garden house. He took a boat from his house to reach his car parked on higher ground on the Porur Road and then drove to the hotel.

Some were laughing when I said that IT companies could be taken to court for compensation.

A PIL has been filed against the govt now.

Similar litigation can be attempted on IT majors and auto companies with compensation claims on behalf of the poor.

It might get admitted in courts.

A PIL has filed against the Government, but you have been defending the inaction of the corrupt politicians.

And not against I.T. companies which you wished. Don't twist the issue.

Some were hailing the Government. They also sang songs of praise of Ruling party.

It is officially reported that so far 347 lives have been lost so far.

All presumptions like it might be admitted and that could be attempted, may be sanctioned. All baseless texts nothing is tangible.

Some continue to live in the world of dreamland.
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May be a sample measure of best administration which impressed one of our Delhi Forum Member.

"Officials on foreign tour when TN faces worst-ever calamity

CHENNAI: It may seem like a coincidence, but when Chennai was fighting its worst-ever calamity, the state's environment secretary was in Paris attending the UN climate summit.

Environment secretary Hans Raj Verma flew to France amidst the unprecedented deluge along with pollution control board (PCB) chairman K Skandan, who is also an IAS officer, and environment department director H Malleshappa, an Indian Forest Service official.

Verma heads both environment and forests department in the state. He also took along his family members - wife and two daughters - on the trip although on personal expense. Both Verma and Malleshappa have not handed over charge to the seconds in command to function as heads of respective departments in their absence. In effect, both departments are without heads at present, said officials in the two departments.

A twist to the tale is that the environment secretary picked up a chief conservator of forests, Sudhanshu Gupta (a comparatively junior official in the forest department) to join the team with his family. "The presence of environment director H Malleshappa was warranted at the conference as he was to make a presentation there. But Gupta's proximity to Verma is the only reason why he was chosen," said an official in environment department.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-worst-ever-calamity/articleshow/50129562.cms
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If some have the muscle power to challenge the govt in courts, good luck to them. I would not try it.Those who are doing it might regret it later.

In many states social activists challenging Govt get victimised and get hurt.

I understand even many fourth estate fellows are facing defamation suits.

I would choose where returns are good .

Private MNCs or IT majors can easily be challenged instead.

It requires an imaginative lawyer to file a case.

Our judiciary indulges all with spare time who fight for various causes.

Madras high court must be hearing maximum of such cases.

Mostly senior citizens and lawyers with no work engage in such activities
Chennai rains is a dead subject.

No more juice to be squeezed out of it.

Immediate relief is almost over and rehabilitation may take months and is best tackled by state govt.

One can indulge in blame game and mud throwing.

Nothing much may come out of it.

It might embarass the govt and a few state officials.

But facts on the ground may not change much due to that.

It is wise for citizens to move on and think ahead to better their life.

Chennai floods is a sensitive subject dealing with widespread destruction involving death of nearly 300 and odd precious lives, besides 3889 cattle and 6605 Relief Centres and rescuing 17.64 lakh of people.

There is lot more to be learnt from this tragedy.

Immediate relief is not yet over and the Government is struggling to regulate the relief materials.

As for rehabilitation, it may take years and one has to wait and see how best it is tackled whether taking the interest of the aggrieved general public or interest of the thriving politicians who are capitalizing this tragedy.

One can indulge in passing the buck on nature, or previous Government, or on Central Government etc comfortably covering up the lapses on the part of officials for their unpreparedness and inaction of preventive and precautionery measures.

Though the flood washed away dream of many, the City is slowly battling to surface.

But facts on the ground reality should be brought to light and the guilty need to be punished.

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வெள்ள பாதிப்பு குறித்து தாமாக வழக்குப்பதிவு: மத்திய, மாநில அரசுகளுக்கு உயர் நீதிமன்றம் நோட்டீஸ்!

வெள்ள பாதிப்பு குறித்து தாமாகவே முன்வந்து வழக்குப்பதிவு செய்துள்ள சென்னை உயர் நீதிமன்றம், இது தொடர்பாக மத்திய, மாநில அரசுகள் வரும் 16-ம் தேதிக்குள் பதில் அளிக்க வேண்டும் என்று உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது.

சென்னை, காஞ்சிபுரம், திருவள்ளூர், கடலூர் உள்ளிட்ட மாவட்டங்கள் மழை வெள்ளத்தால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த மாவட்டங்களில் வெள்ள நிவாரண உதவி சரியாக வழங்கப்படவில்லை என்று குற்றச்சாட்டு எழுந்து வருகிறது.

Read morer at: http://www.vikatan.com/news/tamilnadu/56204-tn-flood-hc-notice-state-central-gove.art
Chennai should be mature and move on instead of engaging in muck raking.

This can be left to politicians and lesser human beings.

I franky think other than the vulnerable poor other have been spared . It is only hype . Recently I saw one ground report on ND TV by siddharth who had gone to

cuddalore and reported that most TV reporting was hype. Except three villages all had adequate relief and relief was not reaching there as it was held up on the way.

The city requires rehabilitation more since water has filled the agricultural lands. Too much of relief material much of it going waste there.

I suspect that relief material is getting over distributed to the same people repeatedly due to poor co ordinaton of govt and other relief agencies.

All want a pie of recognition as elections are around the corner.

Politicians are only interested in scoring debating points to run down the ruling party.

I think chennai can move on to better things.
Is Chennai really limping back to normalcy? A trek through city tells me otherwise

Some didn’t have supplies, some were talking about an impending flood, while some had just lost all that they had.

Headlines say that Chennai is coming back to normalcy. So my friend Sudha Ramamoorthy and I headed out on Wednesday to see what was the condition in a few of the places, which were worst affected zones in the city.

Our first stop was at Jafferkhanpet. On reaching the Chennai Middle School, we were greeted by a huge heap of garbage, which we later found out was the things that had been cleaned from inside the school. Surely, there isn’t any system followed for proper disposal of garbage both inside and outside the school, which was home to over 200 people during the floods. The Corporation seemingly didn’t bother to send anyone to take the garbage, which was lying on the road, in spite of residents complaining to them.

See more at: http://www.thenewsminute.com/articl...tells-me-otherwise-36704#sthash.WPYdHfUZ.dpuf
I appeal to all interested swayam sevaks to hold off for a fortnight until the politicians dig in their hands with the Central fund and then go to individual areas to see what personal help you can render. Right now, there is lots of abuse and cheating going on even among the poor,! Reports are in that people have become choosy about the food and throw away if they don't like it and go to the next group of suppliers. In Cuddalore, local rowdies are looting the relief supplies. So, please hold off for now!
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Sharing a forward for the use of students in TN:

12/11/15, 13:38:29: ‪+91 98338 95735‬: Guys, Please copy paste the below message onto your various Whatsapp groups and also to your friends who would help spread the word. We want to this to start making the rounds and help out the ones in need.

Children who have lost their textbooks during the floods can still learn online. We at Classle can provide them with free textbooks in the form of videos, with someone explaining the material.
These "Live books" are available for Maths and Science for Standard 6,7, and 8 in both Tamil and English medium. The books follow the TamilNadu Samacheer Kalvi syllabus.

Maths-6th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/b6
Maths-7th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/bm
Maths-8th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/b1 Science-6th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/bA Science-7th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/bV Science-8th standard-English Medium - http://clsl.in/b4 Maths-6th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/bo Maths-7th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/bB Maths-8th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/b8 Science-6th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/bn Science-7th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/bx Science-8th standard-Tamil Medium - http://clsl.in/bC

Please help us spread the word. The books have been made available free of cost. This way, no child's education will get hampered by the rains! :) :) :)

சென்னை வெள்ளத்தில் சிக்கிய 130 பேரை காப்பாற்றிய பெல்ஜியம் நாட்டுக்காரர்!

சென்னை வெள்ளத்தில் சிக்கிய 130 பேரையும், பேரையும், 50 செல்லப்பிராணிகளையும் பத்திரமாக மீட்டுள்ளது பெல்ஜியம் நாட்டை சேர்ந்த பீட்டர் வெய்ன் கெய்ட் தலைமையிலான குழு. தற்போது இந்த குழு சென்னை நகரை தூய்மைப்படுத்தும் பணியில் ஈடுபட உள்ளது.

Read more at: http://www.vikatan.com/news/tamilnadu/56234-chennai-floods-people-rescue-belgium.ar
Chennai Rains

A big thank you to Bengalureans, from us Chennaites

Bengaluru helped with the much-needed boost to rescue operation, while we were still waiting for electricity, cable connection, and some sunshine to come

By Anush Rajasekaran

The word 'Bengaluru' has hardly ever evoked any feeling in me. Popular associations - cold weather, beer, traffic jams perhaps, at most. And the role of the occasional antagonist in the Cauvery issue, at least according to us Chennaiites.

Then we had the deluge. And a humble realization dawned on me that Bengaluru was way more than just that.
When you are experiencing something like this, you expect you might be all alone and taking on something you cannot handle. It really fills you with a feeling of helplessness.

Having been involved in relief work across the city, I found in the people of Bengaluru, friends and saviours. They came together to help a city in need. They rallied behind fellow Bengalureans to extend support to us through donations, trucks with essentials such as food, potable water, medicine, blankets and a much-needed boost to rescue operations on the ground, while we were still waiting for electricity, cable connection, and some sunshine to come. All we had to do was identify the areas that needed supplies.

Read more at: http://www.thenewsminute.com/articl...eans-us-chennaites-36711#sthash.NSjEL7G6.dpuf
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