ARAKKONAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on Thursday, announced an additional relief of Rs 1000 crore to the flood-hit regions of Tamil Nadu state over the already announced Rs 940 crore relief package, last week.
In his brief address to the media after reviewing the relief and rescue operations in flood-hit Tamil Nadu, PM Modi said, “I have seen the damage and misery caused by the heavy rains in Chennai and the regions surrounding the city. The Government of India, will stand with the people of Tamil Nadu and help them in every possible manner in this hour of need”.
After arriving at the INS Rajali in Arakkonam district to take an aerial-survey of the flood-hit Tamil Nadu, PM Modi met the Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and discussed the status of rescue operations in the state.
Indian army, Navy and thousands of police and fire department rescuers have been working tirelessly to evacuate those who were trapped in their homes to a safe place. However, in spite of all the efforts from the NDRF and other forces, Twitter and other social media sites were flooded with calls for help from around the Chennai city.
So far, Chennai has witnessed 13 inches of rainfall in just 24 hours, which is higher than the regional average for the month of December. The Indian Meteorological department has predicted heavy rainfalls for another four days, although the rains have stopped for now. The IMD said a depression in the Bay of Bengal was the main cause for the downpour in Chennai, since three days.
The heavy rainfalls have already impacted the Tamil Nadu government financially. The worst hit has been the communications and Traveling sectors. The city airport has been shutdown permanently until Sunday. On the other hand, several trains were either delayed or cancelled owing to the unfavorable conditions in Chennai.
An official estimation of the total losses incurred due to the floods, is yet to be released by the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Times of India reported.