Photos from flood-ravaged Chennai show city still underwater
Death toll approaches 300 after heaviest rains in a century
Tamil Nadu hit by 100-year storm
The worst flooding in a century in Tamil Nadu has left more than 280 people dead since torrential rains began in November. In the latest deluge this week, authorities turned off power in some areas to prevent electrocutions that were blamed for several deaths.
Record-setting rains leave deep floodwaters
While floodwaters that built up last week — after nearly 40 centimetres of rain fell in 24 hours; the most in 100 years — have begun to recede, vast swaths of Chennai and neighbouring districts are still under up to three metres of water.
Rescue effort shifts to disease prevention
India's health department said that the rescue operation has shifted to a relief effort that includes focusing on measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Modi mocked on social media for doctored shot
Just after the rainstorms stopped, a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who travelled to Chennai to survey the damage, was found to have been doctored. The official Press Information Bureau (PIB) quickly replaced the image, which it posted on Twitter, with the original shot and apologized for the "error in judgement."
A city vulnerable to flooding
Chennai is a flat, coastal city with old flood mitigation measures. Trash-filled drains and buildings constructed on lake beds in the rush to industrialize have made it more prone to flooding.
Seasonal monsoons made worse by El Nino
India's main monsoon season runs from June through September, but for Chennai and the rest of the southeastern coast, the heaviest rainfall is from October to December. Experts say the heavy rainfall was linked to the El Nino weather pattern, when the waters of the Pacific Ocean get warmer than usual.