The metropolitan city of Chennai has been pounded by unprecedented rains and amid the chaos brought in by the floods, several rumours are adding to the confusion.

A major scare has been doing the rounds for the last few days that crocodiles kept at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust had broken out. However, the organisation has rubbished the claims.

"There have been no escapes. Please don't believe the rumours. All our crocs are accounted for. #safe #rumours," tweeted the trust, assuring that its staff was working round the clock to watch the animals.

"Safety is our number 1 priority. Please don't spread panic in a city which is reeling with many troubles," said the organisation.

There were claims that animals from Chennai zoo had escaped from the enclosures and that has also has been denied by the authorities. 

Porur lake

According to reports, there have been claims that the government PWD department was planning to open the flood gates of Porur Lake due to excessive water.

It was claimed that the opening of the gates would affect residents of Valasaravakkam, Virugambakkam and Porur. 

There were claims that the Kotturpuram bridge had collapsed. The rumours said the Kotturpuram bridge near Adyar had collapsed because the Adyar river had started overflowing. These rumours have also proven false.