03/12/2015 1:50 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PM Modi Flies To Chennai To Assess Flood Situation

Auto rickshaws and other vehicles are submerged in flood waters in Kotturpuram area during heavy rains in Chennai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Weeks of torrential rains have forced the Chennai airport in southern India to close and have cut off several roads and highways, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday.( R Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flew to Chennai to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods.

"Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods," Modi tweeted before starting for Tamil Nadu.

The Centre has described the situation in Chennai as "worrisome".

For the first time in over 40 years, the water has risen rapidly on the river breaching the road and the Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Saidapet cutting the arterial Anna Salai (Mount Road), rendering it out of bounds for motorists.

Rains abated in Chennai today giving relief to people tormented by the heavy downpour of the last three days but excessive discharge of water last night from Chembarambakkam lake on the outskirts flooded new areas of the city threatening to uproot people from their homes.

The fresh flooding of the streets in the heart of the city in areas like Kodambakkam and T.Nagar and Ashok Nagar has been caused by the release of an estimated 30,000 cusecs of water from the Chembarambakkam lake, one of city's source of drinking water.

The sky is overcast without any fresh rainfall and people are worried about the forecast of showers over the next three days.

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