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Chennai Floods Halt Manufacturing

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After a brief respite, torrential rains continue to batter Chennai, on India’s Southeastern coast. How is the situation affecting manufacturing and logistics in one of India’s tech hubs?

Updates: Chennai Rains

12/2/15, 10:10AM PST

  • Chennai’s airport is to remain closed through this Sunday, 12/6. 

12/1/15, 10:10 AM PST

  • To find out which areas of Chennai are flooded, you can consult this crowdsourced map.
  • Torrential rains are expected to inundate Chennai over the next three days. Many businesses have been forced to close. 
  • All flight operations have been suspended until further notice. Chennai’s airport has flooded and planes are unable to take off or land. 
  • A large number of train services to and from Chennai have also been suspended, and road flooding and collapses have stranded autos. 
  • Our sources report that several factories and plants have closed until further notice. 
  • Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa stated that “The rain that was meant to be spread out over the monsoon months has poured in just a few days.” 


About Chennai

  • Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu, and a bustling tech hub with strong ties to the auto, software, and petrochemical industries. 
  • It is the 4th largest city in India, hosting manufacturing for corporations like Dell, Nokia, Motorola, Cisco, SamsungFlextronics and Foxconn.


  • Chennai also leads in India’s healthcare, and is the second-leading city for IT and IT services (behind Bangalore). 
  • Why does Chennai flood? According to Quartz, it’s a combination of Chennai’s flat landscape and degradation of its wetlands, which used to serve as a natural flood barrier.
Amy Clark

Amy Clark


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