An aerial view of the flood-hit Chennai city on Thursday following heavy rainfall. Photo: PTI
Army personnel rescuing a man from a flooded locality in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. Photo: R Senthil Kumar/PTI
Army personnel rescuing people from a flooded locality in Chennai on Thursday after heavy rainfall. Photo: PTI
Army personnel rescuing a people from a flooded locality in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Army personnel rescuing woman from a flooded locality in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Indian residents walk through floodwaters in Chennai on 3 December, 2015. Photo: STRDEL/AFP
People seeking help from Indian Airforce Helicopter in a flooded locality in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. Photo: R Senthil Kumar/PTI
Indian residents scramble for food packages which are being distributed in Chennai on 3 December, 2015, after flooding hit the city following incessant rainfall. Photo: STRDEL/AFP
Students and other people who were evacuated from flood affected Chennai by special Indian Air Force plane, on their arrival at the Palam Airport in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Vijay Kumar Joshi/PTI
A view of a flooded area near Chennai on Wednesday following heavy rains. Photo: PTI
#ChennaiFloods: after the incessant rainfall comes the respite
As water levels started receding, more and more Chennaites found themselves out of danger. The Army, Navy, Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force rallied their personnel to rescue those affected by the flood in Tamil Nadu's capital.
Chennai suffered incessant torrential downpour since Sunday that broke a 100-year record and reduced the metropolitan city to an island of misery - nearly 300 have been killed. However, the rain could not dampen the spirit of the people who bravely helped each other out.
With bridges submerged and people stranded without electricity, food, water or shelter, Chennai still looked deserted though.
An NDRF spokesperson said by 1 PM on Friday, 10,589 people had been moved to safe places. Twenty teams were added to its current strength to hasten rescue operations.
The Army has put together 40 rescue-and-relief, while the Navy has pressed fishing boats into service.
However, more than 5,000 houses were still under water in India's fourth-most populous city. There was a lull in the rainfall before it picked up again on Friday afternoon. Simultaneously, a nearby reservoir released water, swamping low-lying areas. Water levels in 35 lakes are at dangerous levels.
Soldiers have set up 25 temporary shelters and community kitchens so far. They've even installed portable toilets. More than 3 million people have been cut off from basic services.
Text by Sahil Bhalla