Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced Rs 500 crore towards relief and rehabilitation of people affected due to the heavy rain in the state. According to government sources, 71 deaths have been reported across the state in the past few days.
The CM’s statement said about 58,000 food packets have been distributed in 70 relief camps. Also, 121 camps were opened for cattle affected in the rain. Water has been removed from 207 locations, out of the 587 affected areas.
In Chennai, the incessant downpour over the last 24 hours has partially submerged many areas. Hundreds of families living along Adyar river and other low-lying areas have been evacuated.
With roads and railway tracks flooded, major city stretches have been declared off bounds since Monday morning. Traffic is being diverted, and suburban train services have been cancelled temporarily.
The DMK has opened control stations with two emergency numbers. An Indian Air Force team has been deployed to airlift people from inundated areas.
In the city’s Chromepet Government Hospital, the staff were busy attending to patients as well as clearing water out of the wards. Chennai city corporation is planning medical camps in view of a possible emergency after fears of an epidemic.