Chennai rains: Jayalalithaa demands Rs 5000 crore for flood relief from PM

Chennai: The Army on struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century.

Predictions of incessant rainfall by the weather office meant that the army had to work on a war footing to rescue survivors trapped in inundated parts of Chennai, India’s fourth most populous city.

The Indian Air Force has pressed into service three aircraft to evacuate hundreds of passengers stranded at the Chennai airport where operations were suspended due to heavy rains and water logging on the runway.

NDRF teams have doubled the number of their rescuers in the rain and flood-battered Chennai and adjoining areas to 1,200 even as the force decided to penetrate deep into the affected areas to aid the marooned.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Chennai and its suburbs. The Chief Minister, who was in a chopper, witnessed first hand the damage caused by the monsoon fury, officials said.​

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Chennai to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods.

22:19 PM
Armed forces continue rescue operations in Chennai, evacuate 5000 people

22:10 PM
Centre suspends toll collection on NHs in Tamil Nadu

21:45 PM
Jayalalithaa demands Rs 5000 crore for flood relief

19:50 PM
Terming the situation in flood-hit Chennai as “very alarming”, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured all central assistance to state governments in dealing with natural calamities and said eight army columns have been rushed to carry out rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Tamil Nadu. “It would not be an exaggeration to say that Chennai has become an island as it has been cut off from all national and state highways,” he said,

19:15 PM
Given the alarming situation in Tamil Nadu, I have ordered the suspension of toll collection on all National Higways in the state till Dec 11, 2015, Nitin Gadkari said.

He added that order has been issued to ease rescue, relief & rehab operations being undertaken by various central and state agencies.

18:22 PM
No rain in T Nagar and Saidapet areas of Chennai for the last four hours,

17:49 PM
PM Narendra Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore relief to Tamil Nadu

17:48 PM
PM Modi meets Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and Governor K Rosaiah at INS Adyar

17:06 PM
PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood affected areas

16:57 PM
Indian Air Force brings rescued people from Chennai to Hyderabad.

16:55 PM
PM Modi reaches INS Adyar in Chennai, meets CM J Jayalalithaa

16:44 PM
Six boats of NDRF with 211 personnel deployed for flood relief in Andhra Pradesh, says Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

16:42 PM
People who had tickets for Chennai or from Chennai can use it from/for 10 other locations in South India, says Ashwini Lohani, CMD, Air India.

16:22 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches INS Rajali in Arakkonam.

15:20 PM
Air India to operate special flight to Arrakonam Naval Air Station from Hyderabad to bring back stranded passengers: Air India spokesperson

15:19 PM
Central government monitoring situation, providing all necessary help: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

14:16 PM

14:06 PM
Need of hour is to provide drinking water, food & get marooned people out of danger. That’s what our teams are focused on: RK Dhowan

13:05 PM

12:26 PM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Chennai and its suburbs.

The Chief Minister, who was in a chopper, witnessed first hand the damage caused by the monsoon fury, officials said.

Later she took stock of the issue with the senior officials, they said.

12:21 PM

12:20 PM
Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha on Chennai rains

  • MeT Dept has predicted heavy rainfall for the next 2-3 days

  • About 40% of the mobile and telephone connections are not working.

  • PM Modi will do an aerial survey today and appropriate steps will be taken after that.

  • Out of NDRF’s 30 teams, 2 have been deployed in Pondicherry.

  • Chennai Railway station has been shut due to water logging

  • The death toll so far is 269

12:12 PM
Next 48 hours, entire Tamil Nadu coast is going to receive fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy: L S Rathore, IMD DG

12:02 PM

11:56 AM
Air India Statement for flights to and from Chennai

Air India will honour and accept any ticket issued by it from/to Chennai for travel from/to nearest airport like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Vijayawada, Tirupati till December 15, 2015 without any additional charge.

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