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Schools, colleges to remain shut in Chennai; full-scale flight operations will resume tomorrow

The airport authorities here have received requests from national carrier Air India to operate flights today after the AAI announced day-time operations of passenger flights from the airport.

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Chennai: Army personnel carry children on their shoulders as they wade through flood waters in rain-hit Chennai on Thursday. PTI Photo(PTI12_3_2015_000387B)

Schools and colleges in Chennai will remain shut tomorrow due to heavy rains in the capital city. The Indian Meteorological Department, Chennai has forecast rainfall in the next 24 hours in the city. Meanwhile, day time commercial flights from Chennai began today with the first Air India flight to Port Blair taking off today morning. An Air India flight from Delhi also landed in the afternoon. This is the first service after operations were stopped in the wake of rains.

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AI flights to Hyderabad and Delhi are also scheduled to operate today. The Air India flight for Port Blair took off at 10:49 AM with over 130 passengers. The flight will return to Chennai from there it will be operated to Hyderabad, an Air India official said.

Besides that, one flight is being operated from Delhi and back. The flight will arrive in Chennai at around 1345 hours and will depart for Delhi around 1445 hours, the official said.

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Chennai city and suburbs on Saturday battled hard to pick up pieces of life but occasional heavy rains threatened to revive the ghost of flooding as lakhs of people in the worst-hit areas faced acute short supply of essentials including water, power, milk and food items.

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Here are the LIVE updates: 

8.20 pm: CM ML Khattar announces Rs 1 crore financial aid out of State Govt Disaster Relief Fund for flood victims of Tamil Nadu.

8.00 pm: The rain water level may be receding in the city bringing relief to people but it is leaving a huge trail of mess, prompting the Chennai Municipal Corporation to launch a mass cleanliness drive for all its 200 wards today, for which some of the civic bodies from the neighbouring districts have also lend a helping hand to.

7.25 pm: All domestic and international flights from Chennai, both day and night, will resume from tomorrow morning after partial day-time services operated today.

“….availability of Chennai airport for all weather day and night operations for all flights for which domestic and international terminals will be available from 6 am of 7.12.2015,” an Airport Authority of India statement said here late this evening.

7.00 pm: Defence forces have called off aerial sorties for rescue operations in flood-hit Chennai which is limping back to normalcy as water levels have started going down.

“The water level in the city has gone down considerably after initial days of flooding. Since last evening all aerial rescue and relief operations have been called off. There are no further communications from either Tamil Nadu government or Centre to carry them out as the city is slowly returning to normalcy,” a top IAF official said.

6.00 pm: Schools and colleges in Chennai to remain closed tomorrow, due to heavy rains.

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4.00 pm: Capture

3.00 pm: Knowlarity Communications has launched the Chennai flood helpline – 180030020658 for those who are trying to reach their relatives but do not have balance on their mobiles.

2.30 pm: AIADMK has denied allegations that its party workers were nudging NGOs to paste stickers of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on relief material arriving in Chennai. The party said such claims in the social media were totally false and asked volunteers to complain to party headquarters or police if at all such demands were made.

“We wish to reiterate that there is no such message in any form to anyone from the party. It is evident that it was a rumour and work by unscrupulous elements to defame the party and our honourable Chief Minister,”a senior AIADMK functionary declining to be named, said.

“It is a rumour, a canard spread by unscrupulous elements,” he said, adding efforts were being made to identify them. To another question, he said “there is no need for us to insist that stickers of the CM be pasted on relief material.”

“Our partymen are already busy discharging duties assigned to them in connection with relief work,” he said. He said there was a report of a relief-truck halted on Tiruvallur-Tiruttani Road, by some men who falsely claimed to be ruling party workers, asking them to paste “Amma” stickers and banners.

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10:18 am Heavy rain resumes around Chennai airport area.

5:55 am:  The airport authorities here have received requests from national carrier Air India to operate flights today after the AAI announced day-time operations of passenger flights from the airport.

Read Also: Rescue operations almost over, focus now on relief work

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9:30 pm: “Day-time all weather operations for domestic commercial flights from Chennai airport will commence from 6 am tomorrow,” the AAI said in a statement. The AAI had decided to shut the airport till December 6 in the wake of battering rains that left the facility unusable.

8:45 pm: Domestic passenger flights to resume from Chennai airport from 6 AM tomorrow; Decision on night operations tomorrow: AAI.

7:55 pm: A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was held here under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to review the flood situation in the state and take stock of the relief measures being done by multiple agencies like NDRF and army.

7:46 pm: 27 truck loads of ready-to-eat meals, four lakh bottles of drinking water and other essential food items have also been sent to the state.

7:45 pm: More than 28,000 people have been moved to safer locations from rain and flood-affected areas of Chennai and adjoining areas and tonnes of relief material has been dispatched to Tamil Nadu, the Centre today said.

7:00 pm: Revenue Department has extended the last date for payment of excise and service taxes in Tamil Nadu to December 20 in view of unprecedented rains which have disrupted normal life in Chennai and other areas.

6:30 pm: Over 600 people, including stranded civilians and defence personnel, were yesterday flown out from here.

6:20 pm: Nearly 400 people, including university students, were taken to safety today by a team of defence and NDRF personnel as operations continued in full swing to rescue and distribute relief to those stranded in the aftermath of the torrential rains in Chennai.

5:31 pm: Pradhan assured that IAF would provide its support and help to all those affected by the “massive calamity”.

5:30 pm: The large number of stranded passengers comprise students studying in various educational institutions, said Pradhan. “We are taking them (students) to Arakkonam and from there, they are being taken in C17s to different parts of the country like New Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune,” he said.

5:30 pm: The IAF has put in 13 helicopters, C17s and C130s for relief and rescue operations in Chennai following the flooding, Indian Air Force, Southern Air Command, Senior Air Staff Officer, Air Marshal P N Pradhan said.

5:20 pm: IAF to transport stranded students, passengers at airport

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4:40 pm: Flood-affected southern district of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu is slowly returning to normalcy with government officials and rescue workers taking steps to drain water from housing colonies.

4:35 pm: Here are the List of special trains:

1. Chennai Egmore–Madurai special train will leave Chennai Egmore station at 15.45 hrs. The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Vriddachalam, Tiruchchirappalli and Dindigul.

2. Chennai Egmore–Tiruchchirappalli special train will leave Egmore station at 14.00 hrs. The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvattur, Villupuram, Vriddachalam, Ariyalur, Lalgudi, Srirangam and Golden Rock.

3. Chennai Egmore-Tirunelveli special train will leave Egmore station at 20.15 hrs. The train will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvattur, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vriddachalam, Tiruchchirappalli, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudunagar, Sattur and Kovilpatti.

4. Chennai Egmore-Tiruchendur special train will leave Egmore at 16.30 hrs. It will stop at Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Melmaruvattur, Villupuram, Tirupadiripuliyur, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladuthurai Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Solgampatti, Tiruchchirappalli, Dindigul, Kodaikanal Road, Madurai, Virudunagar, Sattur, Kovilpatti, Vanchi-Maniyachi, Tirunelveli, Seydunganallur, Srivaikuntam, Nazareth, Kurumbur, Arum uga-neri and Kayalpattinam.

5. Another special train to Tiruchi at 22.30 hrs. The train will stop at Mabalam, Tambaram, Chengalpattu, Tindivanam, Villupuram, Vriddachalam, Ariyalur, Kallakudipalanganatham, Lalgudi, Srirangam Tiruchchirappali Town, and Golden Rock.

6. Chennai Egmore–Karaikal special train will leave Chennai Egmore at 23.15 hrs, according to a railway release.

4:35 pm: In order to clear the passengers stranded in Chennai due to heavy rains and flooding, Southern Railway is operating special trains from Chennai to Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchendur, Karaikal and Tirunelveli today.

4:30 pm: In view of floods, ICICI Bank today said it has decided not to impose any penalty on its Chennai customers for delay in EMI payments for November.

3:54 pm: The Army has rescued up to 5,500 people to safer places so far, the release said.

3:53 pm: “The Chief of Army Staff has assured the troops will continue the take up rescue efforts till it is required by the Civil Administration,” an official release said.

3:31 pm: Read all the LIVE updates till Saturday: Chennai struggling to return to normalcy after raging floods 

3:31 pm: With Tamil Nadu reeling under the worst floods to hit the state in a century and with rescue operations getting underway, actors Siddharth and RJ Balaji, popular among Tamil audiences, turned out to help the people. READ STORY: When reel heroes became real heroes

3:30 pm: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh undertook an aerial survey of the worst flood-hit parts of the city and surrounding areas today and said the troops would continue rescue efforts till it was required by the administration.

3:30 pm: Picture Gallery: City attempts to get back up

3:30 pm: The supply of milk sachets stood at 8.20 lakh litre milk yesterday while it was 10.20 lakh litres today. By tomorrow, the supply of milk will reach its full capacity, it said.

3:30 pm: In a huge relief to flood hit residents of the city, state-run AAVIN today said adequate measures are being taken to step up milk supply and that it would reach full capacity by tomorrow.

3:26 pm: Additionally, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has also sent a letter to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today.

3:25 pm: Singapore has contributed USD 75,000 to assist those affected by the devastating flood in
Chennai, country’s foreign affairs ministry said today. READ STORY: Flood-hit Chennai to get USD 75,000 assistance from Singapore 

3:15 pm: One-year-old Jude Immanuel Bijoy was among five children shifted from the cardiothoracic intensive care unit (ICU) of MIOT Hospital in Chennai Thursday when the hospital realised it could not manage critically ill patients. READ STORY: 48 hours at the MIOT hospital where 18 died

3:10 pm: At the MIOT hospital in Chennai that witnessed the death of 18 patients due to power failure, a patient who survived in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) said she was given only 120 ml oats and a slice of bread after the power went off. She added that the management abandoned them on Tuesday night.

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3:00 pm: READ STORY: Doctors, management abandoned us when floods came, says patient at MIOT hospital

1:40 pm: In Karaikal, an enclave of Puducherry in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, nearly 50 houses were damaged due to heavy rains and flooding.

District Collector of Karaikal E Vallavan told PTI, when contacted over phone today, that the administration has opened 66 relief centres to provide temporary accommodation to people from the low-lying areas.

12:30 pm: A patient who survived in the ICU of the MIOT hospital in Chennai has told the Indian Express that the management/hospital abandoned them when floods came. Read the story here

10:00 am: MoS Aviation Mahesh Sharma says commercial flight services cannot start at the moment at the Chennai airport. He said the services will start once the water is evacuated and power is restored.

9:00 am: These are some of the relief flights operating from the Arakkonam Naval base:

Spicejet Cochin – Arr 0945 Arakkonam Dep 1115 – Bangalore
Cochin – Arr 1500 Arakkonam Dep 1630 – Bangalore

IndiGo Hyderabad – Arr 1130 Arakkonam Dep 1300 – Bangalore
Bangalore – Arr 1645 Arakkonam Dep 1815 – Delhi

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Air India Hyderabad – Arr 1315 Arakkonam Dep 1445 – Hyderabad
Hyderabad – Arr 1830 Arakkonam Dep 1945 – Bangalore