Now, as the floodwaters appear to recede, a massive relief effort is under way with participation by celebrities such as Anil Srinivasan, a classical pianist, and unsung people who just want to help.
“This is something of a megadestruction movie,” said Srinivasan, who lives in the city’s suburb of Nungambakkam. “It’s bizarre and unreal.”
Since October, flooding killed at least 272 people in the region, according to the National Disaster Response Force. About 28,000 people had to be rescued. The flooding knocked out government services, left people stranded and made small boats a commonplace sight in city streets.
The National Crisis Management Committee recently said about 90% of the city has power and buses are running again. Telephone services are not yet fully functional. Train service is spotty but should be back to normal Monday.
The recent weather has been especially grueling lately.