As many as 14 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, standing crops were submerged, trees uprooted and over a 1,000 tenements, mostly huts suffered damage across the state. Till date in the ongoing monsoon season, 157 head of cattle have died, 1,146 huts and 237 houses have been affected in rain related incidents across the state.
As several parts of Chennai remained under water till late on Thursday, over 75,000 police officers and other government authorities are on war footing to help citizens. The excess water from the dams has turned the suburbs into a virtual, large water body as streets swirled with deluge and trash. Power cut was effected in several regions considering safety. The rains also caused damage to roads and causeways. In respect of flights, though departures continued suspended arrivals resumed as the depression faded. Chennai Corporation authorities distributed a total of over 6 lakh food packets to people in affected areas.
Meanwhile, the flood-hit neighbourhoods like Mudichur, Perungalathur and Nandivaram-Guduvancherry appeared like mini islands with little access to essential needs. Power supply, too, was disconnected from these neighbourhood.
CM Stalin Chairs Meet
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin held discussions with ministers and chaired a meeting with top state officials led by chief secretary V Irai Anbu to review the rain situation.
The CM directed officials, specially deputed to manage rain-related issues, in various districts to expedite the relief activities and ensure quality food and medical facilities in relief camps. He further wanted the authorities to take steps to prevent crop loss.
The chief minister also ordered constituting a six-member ministerial panel, headed by Cooperatives Minister I Periyasamy, to assess crop damage, especially in the Cauvery delta region, and submit a report to the government to expedite relief work, an official release said.