Relief measures continue in Chennai; DMK MP meets PM Modi, seeks flood relief

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Chennai today, assess situation

Chennai floods Indian Army rescue (File) Indian Army personnel involved in relief measures in flood-hit Chennai | Indian Army X

Relief measures are continuing in Chennai as waterlogging still persists in several areas in the Tamil Nadu capital, owing to severe rains due to cyclone Michaung. Reportedly, power is yet to be restored in several parts of the city.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said he will be visiting Chennai to assess the flood situation and conduct an aerial survey of affected areas. Singh said he will be reviewing the situation along with the State government. The defence minister is expected to meet Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and discuss relief measures.

Though flood water has been cleared from major areas, a few roads and subways remain closed due to waterlogging. The Manjambakkam to Vadaperumbakkam road has been closed for traffic movement and six subways including Rangarajapuram and Vyasarpadi subways have been closed.

According to Southern Railway officials, the Chennai suburban train services resumed normally on Thursday. However, a few Express trains were cancelled and stations were altered owing to the rains. On Thursday, Train no. 12679/12680 Dr. MGR Central-Coimbatore Intercity Express will originate and short terminated at Katpadi station. Similarly, services of five trains to Chennai were cancelled.

Residents staged road roko and protested at a few places urging the government to take measures to clear stagnated water in their area and restore power. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has sought Rs 5,060 crore for flood relief. DMK leader T.R. Baalu met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and sought flood assistance on behalf of the DMK government. Baalu told presspersons that the PM has assured necessary assistance.


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