In Customs and Secretariat colony in Thoraipakkam, Chennai, there are streets filled with water from the Buckingham canal, with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, rescuing people from their homes.
The rescue operations in the area began on Thursday evening. The people in the area have been stuck in their homes since Tuesday.
Bupalan, a resident of Customs colony said, â€śDue to the water released in Chembarambakkam lake, the Buckingham canal water also started overflowing and all the backwaters have entered this area.â€ť
It is hard to distinguish between the lake and the land in the area.
Priya, a resident of Customs colony who was rescued by the NDRF team said, â€śI and my family were stranded in our homes since Tuesday. We do not have electricity but we had food. Today, the NDRF came and rescued us.â€ť
â€śMore than 100 families were rescued from Arihant apartment on Thursday. The water-level is up to eight-feetâ€ť, said Anbuchelvan, a resident of Custom colony.
Mustafa, a resident of Royapuram came to rescue his brother and his family on Thursday. He said, â€śThe rescue operations started on Thursday evening around 4pm using boats. People are very terrified and once it gets evening it is pitch-dark.â€ť He has been volunteering to help in the rescue operations.
â€śMany civilians have been bringing food to distribute in this area,â€ť said Mohasil, another volunteer, a resident of Parryâ€™s corner.
The NDRF team reached the area and started rescue operations around 4am on Friday.
A Maria Michael, Sub-Inspector, NDRF said that there are about 200 people inside the colony who are not ready to come out of their homes. They just come out and buy the necessary things and go back.
Even though the area is flooded, more than 200 people are still staying in the apartments inside the Customs and Secretariat colony.
The NDRF team has been going to all the interior areas of the Customs and Secretariat colony and distributing food packets and water bottles in the area. They are also rescuing people who want to come out.
The local police have been conducting rescue operations by sending boats since Thursday afternoon. â€śWe have rescued about 500 people in total, using boats and NDRF rafts in two daysâ€ť, said Eswaramoorthy, Sub-Inspector, Thoraipakkam.