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Unprecedented calamity, Chennai toll 269, says Rajnath Singh

Terming the situation due to Chennai rains as "very alarming", Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will extend all possible assistance to the state governments in dealing with natural calamities.

Written by Shalini Nair | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2015 5:35 am
Chennai rains, chennai, chennai floods, chennai news Chennai rains: As many as 269 people have died in Tamil Nadu due to the torrential rains, while two in Pudducherry and 54 in Andhra Pradesh.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said Chennai has turned into an island. “It would not be an exaggeration to say that. Since the day before, Chennai has been cut off from all national and state highways,” said Singh, responding to a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the flood situation in the country’s southern region. He said the “unprecedented calamity” has so far claimed 269 lives in Chennai, two in Puducherry and 54 in Andhra Pradesh.

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The minister added that in the 24 hours beginning December 1, 8.30 pm, Chennai has received 330 mm of rain, which exceeds the rain the city receives for the entire month of December, thereby “breaking a 100-year record”.

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He said in several places the rising water levels have forced authorities to cut electricity connections, while 40 per cent of mobile phone connections and 20 per cent landline connections have been adversely affected.

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Singh also told the House that INS Airavat has been deployed for relief and rescue work.

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  1. D
    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:05 am
    Modi must put all his resources, think it is national disaster and poor people must be saveed.
    1. B
      Dec 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm
      Central and state govts must act together to help and support the people affected. Every concern citizens must support whatever the way one can.
      1. M
        Dec 4, 2015 at 9:06 am
        Why the high intensity rainfall resulted in an urban flash flooding in Chennai. If it rained this much in Chennai 100 years ago, why haven't we heard of a similar disaster then? The answer is lack of "Rainwater Harvesting". Rain Water harvesting means soil recharge. Centuries ago plenty of trees were available and even without trees, man made systems like ponds, lakes and canals were very effective for soil recharge. The natural lake and inter-linked drainage system helps to recharge the ground water. Recently the land mafia had filled the parched lake beds and erected buildings. Also the drainages are filled with sediments, blocking the flow. But the tarred roads and concrete surfaces never allows the rain water to permeate down. The most cost-effective alternative are the segmental pavers or Interlocked Cement cobble. Interlocking Concrete Block Pavements are more durable and can be used in many situations like a) Non-traffic Areas: Building Premises, Footpaths, Malls, garden etc. b) Medium Traffic: Car Parks, Office Driveway, Housing Colony Roads, Rural Roads, City Streets c) Heavy Traffic: Bus Terminals, Heavy-Duty Roads on Expansive Soils, Bulk Cargo Handling Areas, Airport Pavement etc. Hope the proposed Smart Cities include Water Harvesting as a top priority
        1. F
          Dec 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm
          When are the state elections due in Tamilnadu? Response and relief grants may depend on that
          1. R
            Dec 4, 2015 at 10:06 am
            the drains may not be sufficient for this magnaude ,but the drain already built is chocked /plugged by/in many places by just plastics, papers wastes and trash wastes . the lesson learned keep not only your house clean ,but even our surrondings is very important --- every one from top - bottom responsible . waste management is a important lesson from this rain ??????????
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