Dec 2, 2015

Chennai floods: Google spreadsheet comes to city's rescue

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
by
Shilpa Elizabeth and Bharani Vaitheesvaran
,
The Economic Times
It is a technology-enabled attempt to crowdsource information about relief on the internet. The document is also sounding board for anyone with an internet connection. Image: ET
It is a technology-enabled attempt to crowdsource information about relief on the internet. The document is also sounding board for anyone with an internet connection. Image: ET

The rains that have virtually broken a 100-year-old record with one day's rainfall covering a month's average have flooded areas in Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam as nearby lakes overflowed into the city. The situation has worsened in suburban areas of Tambaram and Mudichur after the Chembarakam lake overflowed and an unprecedented 26,000 cusecs of water was released flooding the downstream areas. These areas had already suffered heavily during the earlier spells of rain.