Following night-long torrential rains, the Adyar River which runs through Chennai is overflowing due to which the situation is worsening in areas like Kotturpuram which fall beside the river. First floors of housing complexes on the banks are submerged.
People can be seen swimming in this video, as others remain stranded in upper floor or terrace.
Ground reports indicate that flooding is extremely high in some parts of Kotturpuram with water levels reaching up to 10 feet, or first-floor levels.
At least 2 people are reported to have been washed away by the strong water-flow from the river. Vehicular traffic has been stopped on all bridges and roads across the length of the river.
"The water started flooding and entering homes at around 2:45 am last night. Eight children, two senior citizens (in-laws) and four adults are trapped in maruthai avenue," said Divankaran, a resident of kottupuram
Rescue operations are underway in the area. Fire and rescue personnel with at least three fire-trucks are in the area.
Further details awaited.