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Prepare for the rains in Chennai with these precautions
27 Jan' 21

Prepare for the rains in Chennai with these precautions

 

 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts thunderstorms with moderate intensity rain in various regions of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai. Due to the conditions as a precursor to the formation of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, Chennai received severe rain overnight. Waterlogging caused traffic to be diverted in many regions. Waterlogging has caused delays in five trains to MGR Chennai Central. Due to water, incoming trains are being run at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour. On the Arakonnam-Chennai route, water is being drained out of tracks in the damaged locations. 

Flooding claims the lives of more people each year than any other thunderstorm threat. When a car is driven into dangerous floodwater, the most likely cause of fatality is drowning. Fortunately, there are precautions you can do to safeguard yourself, your family, and your home.  

  

During a Flood Warning or Watch  

  • Gather food and water in case of an emergency. For each human and pet, keep at least 1 gallon of water on hand each day. Keep at least a three-day supply on hand.  
  • For updates, tune in to your local radio or television station.  
  • Keep your immunization records on hand (or know the year of your last tetanus shot).  
  • Keeping immunization records in a waterproof container is a good idea. 
  • Bring in any outdoor items (lawn furniture, grills, trash cans) or secure them.  
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears to be essential.  
  • Low locations, canyons, washes, and other regions prone to floods should be avoided. (Keep in mind that driving in flooded regions and standing water is not recommended.)  

  

When a Flood Occurs  

  • Avoid driving through places that are flooded or have standing water. You can lose control of your vehicle in as little as six inches of water.  
  • Flood water should not be consumed or used to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food. Drink water that is free of contaminants.  
  • If you were evacuated, do not return to your home until local officials have stated it is safe to do so. 
  • If you're unsure, toss it out! Any food or bottled water that has come into touch with floodwater should be thrown away.  
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning should be avoided. Generators should be placed at least 20 feet away from any doors, windows, or vents. If you're going to use a pressure washer, make sure to keep it outside and at least 20 feet away from any windows, doors, or vents. Even if the garage door is open, never drive your automobile or truck inside a house-attached garage.  
  • A flood's first devastation isn't the only danger. Infectious infections, chemical risks, and injuries can all be spread by standing floodwater. 
  • If you return home and discover that your home has been flooded, clean it safely. Remove any drywall or insulation that has been polluted by floodwater or sewage and dispose of it. Mattresses, pillows, carpeting, carpet padding, and plush toys are among the goods that cannot be washed and cleaned with a bleach solution.  
  • Disinfect with a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water after cleaning walls, hard-surfaced floors, and other household surfaces with soap and water. 

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