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The outflow was 29,000 cusecs on 2nd December. It cannot exceed that level, for that would mean the lake has breached its boundary. The lake did not have any breach. So any news of outflow from Chembarambakkam lake exceeding this level is a lie. Poondi lake had greater outflow than Chembarambakkam on that day. Seems DMK was not aware of that and therefore failed to talk about it to fool the people.
Between the night of 1st and 2nd December, heavy rains lashed the city with Chembarambakkam receiving 47 cm within that period of 24 hours. The out flow did not exceed 29,000 cusecs.
But within that time, nearly one lakh cusecs of water was carried by Adyar river. The lie spread by the DMK is that all this came from Chembarambakkam. The fact was that on the 1st of December itself 35 major Lakes mostly in southern part of Chennai breached their banks and entered the roads and homes. As per The Hindu report, “The lakes that breached include Kalavakkam, Thirukazhukundram, Korapattu, Shonalur, Perungalathur, Thenmelpakkam, Irumpuliyur, Peerkankaranai, Keelkattalai, Pallavaram, Pallikaranai and Mudichur.” The extent of havoc as on 1st December can be understood by the following illustration from The Hindu of that date.
But by then rescue operations were in full swing even according the anti- Jayalalithaa news paper The Hindu.
This was the previous highest before the release of 29,000 cusecs on 2nd December. What was Jayalalithaa’s order at that time? Kumudam Reporter dated 24-11-2015 carried this news.
As one who had done enormous rescue work during tsunami and other natural disasters such as cyclone Thane hitting Cuddalore, it is ridiculous to say Jayalalithaa harmed the interests of the citizens by having made authorities wait for her orders to release water from Chembarambakkam.
The DMK has nothing to find fault with the way Jayalalithaa tacked the grave situation that was happening for a month. The Chennai Corporation, the Electricity Board, PWD and conservancy workers drawn from other districts did a commendable job in restoring normalcy in a record time of less than 5 days. In addition, medi-care was in full swing that ensured that no epidemic broke out. The general public also joined in the rescue operation and in providing relief. But one must know that the Government machinery was behind all that relief work. It is as per their direction, the public engaged in relief work were able to reach to the needy.