On Monday, Chennai city saw its roads being submerged yet again thanks to a sudden and heavy downpour for a few hours. It poured down heavy in the evening, but the city's roads were left jammed-up till the wee hours of Tuesday. But away from those roads, there was another sorry sight - at the beaches. Thanks to heavy rains over the past few days, Chennai's beaches have been throwing back the garbage onto the shores - the same garbage that we have been dumping into them for years.
"What goes around, comes around. There is no 'away' as far as garbage is concerned. We have to start addresing the garbage problem at the source, where it originates. As far as our garbage solutions remain end-of-the-line interventions, this will continue to happen," says Nityanand Jayaraman, a Chennai based environmental activist.
Photojournalist Amirtharaj Stephen's images from Elliot's Beach in Besant Nagar taken on Tuesday night
And these images were taken by TNM's Pheba Mathew at the Marina Beach on Monday: