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[151211] Chennai Office resumed operations; alternative numbers activated

Please be informed on this general advisory regarding the flood situation in Chennai, India.

As of 11th December:

Situation in Tamil Nadu continues to improve, easing transportation in the area. However, Chennai is still declared a "disaster zone" and travel is still difficult.

Office operations are fully functional; staff can be reached via mobile. At the moment, landlines are not fully restored but alternative numbers are activated to reach the Chennai office: +91-7823982551 (to 554).

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As of 11th December:

Situation in Tamil Nadu continues to improve, easing transportation in the area. However, Chennai is still declared a "disaster zone" and travel is still difficult.

Office operations are fully functional; staff can be reached via mobile. At the moment, landlines are not fully restored but alternative numbers are activated to reach the Chennai office: +91-7823982551 (to 554).

 

As of 7th December:

Schenker's office has resumed operations but cannot be reached via landline. Staff can be reached via their mobile numbers.

Delays in operations are still expected as customs processes in both air and sea are still affected by the floods. For sea, the CFS operations are still affected by the water and most empty containers are still filled with water.

The airport resumed operations as well, but mostly for domestic flights. International flights are expected to return to normal by 8th December. Roads are passable except for a few highways and approach roads around the city.

However, the overall situation has improved with the rain stopping in the recent days. Water has drained in some areas of the city and public transport services have been restored.   

 

As of 4th December:

Schenker's office remains waterlogged and closed on 4th December. Some staff could not be reached due to network problems while the warehouses are inaccessible but are reported to be safe.

The overall situation is improving since the rain stopped but the flood will take time to recede. Rivers and ponds are still overflowing, causing some areas to be inaccessible. Electricity supply is not fully functional and petrol pumps are closed.   

The airport will be closed until 6th December. Some flights, however, from the Rajali Naval air station are expected to push through today.

The team is expecting the water to be completely drained from the offices after 48 hours. Operations are hoped to resume as per normal on 7th December.


As of 3rd December:

Situation remains unchanged from yesterday. Schenker's office in Chennai remains flooded and closed for a second day. Floodwater in the reception area of the office is expected to reach approximately 5 to 7 feet.

Network connectivity is unstable for mobile & data. Network coverage drops frequently affecting the email communication. Power outage across 50% of the city.

Road connectivity is badly affected in the city. Airports are closed until Sunday, 6th December. 

Approach roads to Port is also badly affected. Chennai city is cutoff for traffic access in and out, except into Bangalore.

We will update you further about the situation. 

As of 2nd December:

Rains have caused major damage to Chennai & suburbs. Schenker's Chennai office is closed today due to flood. There is no access to office premises due to waterlogged streets.

Below is the update on operations in Chennai:

Airport Operation: Traffic towards Airport is blocked. Roads from Airport are also affected.
CFS Condition: All the North Chennai CFS are waterlogged and entry is very difficult.
Towards Port: Expect delays due to road conditions and traffic congestion towards port.

Road Blocks: GST/GNT roads are blocked, resulting to major traffic congestion. Road towards Villupuram is only one way. Hence, there will be major delays to enter and depart from Chennai.

Customer Premises: Most of the customers have declared early closure of operations. They will open their plant pending the conditions from this evening.

Transportation services in the city (including customer deliveries) might be delayed/ affected due to flooding & traffic congestions in and around industrial areas.

Additional info:

Rains continue to lash Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh in December. Heavy rains have been affecting most parts of Chennai since yesterday. Some Coastal areas in Andhra Pradesh & southern districts of Kerala & Tamil Nadu are experiencing similar situation this week.

With the formation of Cyclone/Depression over the weekend, people living in and near Chennai, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, have been affected by the heavy rains.


Relevant Contact:

Yogesh Babu. C. S.
Manager- National Distribution
yogesh.sivaraman@dbschenker.com
Phone: + 91 44 4222 5274
Mobile: +91 8754551948

Last modified: 11.12.2015

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