Chennai floods- How the nature turned everything upside down in 90 HOURS.


The story in pictures as Adayar river wrecked havoc in our neighbourhood. Jafferkhanpet was one of the most affected neighbourhoods. A lot of us in our neighbourhood including myself had to undergo some tense moments. says Vineeth Vijayaraghavan a resident of Chennai.

1. It all started with rain.

Rainy Evening on Dec 1st . Waited for announcements from Collector / DC/RDO like they did a couple of weeks ago when water was let out from Chembarambakkam.


2. A Sleepless night.

Woke up at 3:10am as my driver and office assistant are sleeping in the ground floor with their families due to rain water outside their house and they spot a little water entering the ground floor as their bedsheets are wet.. They made sure to keep all the things on the floor on tables and suddenly at 3:30am water is 2-3 ft and I asked them to come upstairs right away. 5:30am on December 2..Sleepless night as we take turns watching the water levels..Cars almost submerged..Water about 3-4 ft from road levels and cards inside the house activate their safety sensors and start beeping..Neighbours cars just started beeping 20 mins ago on the road..


3. The bitter truth.

December 2, 06:55am and reality hits us as day breaks. Our compound wall almost flooded neighbours in the same condition as well and we started moving things from first floor to the second floor to prevent a repeat of the ground floor situation.


4. Terrace talks.

Situation worsens around 11am on December 2. Our neighbours ground floor door, compound wall etc is fully submerged at this point.

We move to the second floor terrace and our only form of communication at this point is relaying info across terraces around 11:15 am.


5. Our Indian Army – a sight of hope.

Finally the army choppers arrive at 12:15pm and survery.They kept their surveillance on until noon December 4th flying overheard every 3-4 hours mostly checking in the Adayar river. Finally they dropped breakfast.


6. Horrifying water levels.

December 2,3pm – water levels reached peak. Ground floor submerged just less than a feet before it enters the first floor the narrow gap visible as you can see.


7. Hoping against hope- water level decreased.

December 3, Thursday, 8:30am Water starts to recede finally and we breathe a sigh of relief even at 9ft.
The current is still very strong and things float around randomly.


8. Ground Reality.

Things become better, vehicles once again become visible because they are on top of another one.


9. First rescue successful.

December 3, Thursday 9am -Rescue finally arrived Local boys of Jafferkhanpet arrive on boats.The guys are all standing on compound walls not ground. A couple of people from out of town decide to leave. A few of them left safely.


10. December 3, 10am and cars resurface.


11. December 3rd, 3pm and water level recedes.

The car ahead is already visible as there is one more below it.More of this to come.


12. NRDF and language problem.

December 3rd, 2:30pm, NDRF finally arrived water was already at waist level now. Boats empty were people refuse help as things are almost over.

The NDRF folks can hardly communicate as they speak only English. Surprisingly the same evening on AIR NDRF, Advisor Operations, Major General, Anurag said language was a big barrier for folks from NDRF when communication networks break down.


13. Bikes got washed away.

December 4th, Friday, 10:15am, we walk around our neighbourhood and those were bikes we collected that was randomly washed away.Folks walking around trying to spot their bikes.


14. Cars crashed.

This is is not a car crash on a freeway.This is the impact of Adayar river. Note the folks in our neighbourhood tried tying their cars the previous afternoon to prevent it from floating away


15. No they were smashed.

December 5, Saturday, Damage inside homes now on the street.


16. What the river left?

This is what the Adayar river left us with as it disappeared back to where it belongs.


Credits : Vineeth Vijayaraghavan

Bounce back soon Chennai. We are all with you.