As Chennai begins its journey back to normalcy in the aftermath of heavy rainfall and waterlogging caused by Cyclone Michaung, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is set to conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas today.
As Chennai begins its journey back to normalcy in the aftermath of heavy rainfall and waterlogging caused by Cyclone Michaung, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is set to conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas today. The situation is gradually improving, but challenges persist, especially in low-lying regions with waist-deep waterlogging.
Aerial Survey by Defence Minister: Rajnath Singh will review the situation in Chennai during an aerial survey alongside Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Thangam Thennarasu and Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena.
Waterlogging Challenges: While many prominent areas have returned to normalcy, low-lying regions still face waist-deep waterlogging. Authorities report receding waters and significant improvements over the past 24 hours.
Rescue Operations: Nearly 400 boats are engaged in rescuing individuals stranded in inundated areas. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and other agencies are actively involved in the rescue efforts.
Death Toll: Seven deaths linked to Cyclone Michaung have been reported in Chennai and nearby districts, bringing the total rain-related death toll to 17 over the past five days.
Infrastructure Damage: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin highlighted extensive damage to roads and bridges in Chennai. The calamity has also adversely affected the livelihoods of numerous people.
Appeal for Relief Funds: Chief Minister Stalin has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking ₹5,060 crore as interim relief. Further requests for funds will be made after a thorough assessment once water levels recede.
Power Restoration: Power supply has been restored in 85% of the city areas. Areas still waterlogged will regain electricity once water levels drop below one foot. Safety precautions are in place to avoid electrocution risks.
Schools and Colleges Closure: Educational institutions in Chennai and three adjoining districts remain closed due to severe waterlogging. The situation will be reassessed for reopening once conditions improve.
NGO and Volunteer Appeal: Chief Minister Stalin has appealed to NGOs and volunteers to join relief operations. The government officials and shopkeepers are working tirelessly in the field to protect people, with the assurance that the situation will improve soon.