Rajeshwari wasn’t alone.

While sanitation workers have been at it round the clock at over 500 clogged locations in the city, officials with the electricity department have had a hard time as well, with many doing their bit even as their own families struggled.

As of yesterday (Nov. 11), around 18,000 rescue personnel on motorboats have negotiated fallen trees and collapsed structures to reach those marooned across the city.

And no, it wasn’t only the government official who kept going.

Chennai: A city under threat

The city of 11 million people and the country’s automobile and auto-component hub has been up against extreme weather over the past few years.

Social media posts showed citizens forced to evacuate their homes and many wading through knee-deep waters.

The nightmarish conditions brought back memories of the 2015 floods in which 150 people died.

“Although meteorologists have ruled out any direct linkage between the ongoing heavy rains in Chennai and adjoining areas with climate change, its contribution cannot be negated completely,” said Climate Trends, a climate-research agency.

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