Modi Announces Rs 1000cr Relief Package for TN


Chennai: PM Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a financial help of Rs 1000 cr for Tamil Nadu, he will visit the flood-affected areas to monitor the rescue and relief operations underway in the state.

As heavy rains continue to lash Chennai on Wednesday, several parts of the city have come to a standstill. Electricity has been turned off in some areas as a precautionary measure.

A holiday has been declared for all schools and colleges for at least ten days. Telephone services have been hit in several areas as lines were cut-off due to water-logging.

The weather office in Chennai has predicted more rains in Tamil Nadu over the next 24 hours due to presence of a low pressure in Bay of Bengal.

Meanwhile, NDRF, Army, Navy and Air Force came to the rescue of thousands of people, including hospital patients, severely hit by heavy rains in and around Chennai that have left several areas submerged.

Besides rushing in with rescue teams, the armed forces have also launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to assess the situation. Further relief centres have been set up to help people.

Relief and Rescue operations have been intensified in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu affected by heavy rains.

Home Secretary held a meeting to review the situation. The meeting was attended by NDMA, NDRF and IMD officials and senior other officials of MHA.

After the meeting, NDRF Director General OP Singh said NDRF teams will carry out rescue and relief operations today in South Chennai with special focus on areas which are water logged.

While, Director General of IMD L S Rathore has said rains will continue at least for at least 48 hours. He also that over 300 passengers are still stranded as rail tracks have been submerged. He added that repair work is going on but even a light drizzle proves to be a hindrance in rescue operations.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the situation is still serious in Chennai. He added that Centre is in touch with the state government. He also said that the Home secretary is continuously monitoring the situation.