Chennai floods: Thousands of people evacuated to safety

The armed forces continued to carry out rescue and relief operations in Tamil Nadu. While the Navy deployed its diver teams and boats for immediate support, the Army deployed 40 teams besides five engineer teams. The Indian Air Force airlifted four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Delhi and 10 teams from Bhubaneswar to […]

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2015 3:03:22 am
Evacuated people at Delhi’s Palam airport on Thursday. (Source: AP) Evacuated people at Delhi’s Palam airport on Thursday. (Source: AP)

The armed forces continued to carry out rescue and relief operations in Tamil Nadu. While the Navy deployed its diver teams and boats for immediate support, the Army deployed 40 teams besides five engineer teams.

The Indian Air Force airlifted four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Delhi and 10 teams from Bhubaneswar to Arakkonam. The NDRF teams have evacuated over 5,000 stranded people so far.

Army teams have been carrying out relief operations at Tambaram, Mudichur, Kothurpuram, Pallavaram, Thiruneermalai, Urapakkam, Manipakkam, T Nagar and Gudvancheri towards the outskirts of Chennai.

“The teams have successfully rescued over 4,000 stranded people. The military hospital at St Thomas Mount has been made functional and treatment is being given to many flood-affected patients,” said Army.

“Four Indian Army columns are being airlifted by the transport aircraft of the IAF today. One C-130J from Tambaram to Delhi and two C-17s from Arakkonam are expected to get back stranded passengers to Begumpet/ Delhi today,” said an IAF statement.

Operation Madad: Navy deploys UAVs to track waterlogged areas

New Delhi: The Navy has deployed a number of ships and tankers, besides opening up its base as an alternative airport as part of ‘Operation Madad’ to help the rain-ravaged city of Chennai. It has also deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to identity the worst-hit areas of the city to help the civic authorities.

“We used an innovative method, carrying out surveys by UAVs to identify waterlogged areas and sharing the information with the civil administration to help them in rescue work,” said Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan, while addressing his annual press conference here.

He said the Navy base at Arakkonam was activated for civilian flights since airports around Chennai were inaccessible due to flooding.

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