Cabinet Secretary Chairs NCMC meeting to Review Chennai Floods


New Delhi: The Cabinet Secretary Shri P. K. Sinha chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) here today to review the flood situation in Tamil Nadu.

The Rescue and Relief measures were reviewed in detail. Committee was informed that 35 NDRF teams are already deployed in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for rescue operations out of which 33 are in Tamil Nadu and two are in Puducherry and 15 more NDRF teams will be reaching today. 09 columns of army have already been deployed. Additional 05 columns are en-route. As there has been no rain in Chennai since yesterday, flood water is receding. Train and road connectivity have improved. People stranded at the airport have been evacuated for going to their respective destinations.

It was decided at the meeting that Ready to Eat food and water bottles may be supplied based on the requirement of State Government. 7 tons of biscuits, 10 tons of noodles and 5,000 liters of milk are being made available and 1 lakh water bottles have already been made available to the Municipal Corporation in Chennai.

Cabinet Secretary directed that restoration of telecom and power may be given utmost priority. Adequate supply of petroleum products at terminals and retail outlets may be ensured. Advance action may be taken to address the possibility of any diseases. Coordination meetings at State and Central level be held with telecom providers to ensure quick restoration of telecom services. Necessary steps for speedy restoration of Chennai Airport be undertaken. Commercial Airlines are now operating from Naval airbase at Arakkonam till Chennai airport becomes functional. As informed by IMD the low pressure system along the Coast of South India is stationary. However, continued vigilance and constant monitoring of the situation will be ensured by all agencies of the Government.

The meeting was attended by Secretaries from various key Ministries / Nodal agencies concerned with the emergency response (rescue and relief) such as Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, Head Quarters Integrated Defence Staff, Civil Aviation, Health and Family and Welfare, Power, Railways, Department of Telecommunication, Resident Commissioner of Tamil Nadu, Director Indian Meteorological Department etc. Chief Secretary and Relief Commissioner, Tamil Nadu participated in the meeting through Video Link.