Chennai: Signs of easing of situation in flood-battered Chennai emerged on Friday with no fresh rains and a sharp fall in water levels of Adyar and Kumbh rivers that were in spate following torrential rains as rescue and relief operations continued in full swing and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 1,000 crore more aid to Tamil Nadu.
However, thousands of citizens continue to be marooned with several areas inundated and many people have been stuck in their homes without any food, water or electricity.
Chennai city and its suburbs experienced a welcome break from the unpredicted rains of the last 100 years, that resulted in a sharp fall in the discharge of waters from Chembarapakkam, Pondi and Puzhal lakes leading to reduction in the water levels of the two rivers that criss-cross the city.
After their separate aerial surveys of the flood-ravaged areas, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged for an immediate relief of Rs 5,000 crore, to which he responded by announcing Rs 1000 crore more for relief work in Tamil Nadu. This will be in addition to the Rs 940 crore already announced by the Centre.
Officials said that from a discharge of 30,000 cusecs of water from Chembarampakkam, one of the key sources of drinking water supply to Chennai city, it has come down to 13,000 cusecs in the afternoon and 5,000 cusecs at night after there were no fresh rains today.
Similarly, there has been considerable decline in discharge of water from Puzhal, Pondi and Madurantakam lakes among others.
The reduction in water levels of Adyar and Kumbh rivers are likely to ease the situation in the city where flood waters are also likely to recede.
Mahesh Sharma, MoS, Aviation Minister says Chennai aiport will start operations there are no further rains.
Navy chopper conducts aerial survey and drops food packets for stranded locals
Indian Navy conducts rescue operations in Chennai (In pics: University students being rescued)
Aerial survey of Tambaram area conducted by Navy
Chennai Airport to resume partial operations tomorrow
Special train service from Mangaluru to Arakkonam
With a view to provide assistance to the stranded passengers, Southern Railway is operating special train services between Mangaluru (Karnataka) and Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu).
The special train will leave Mangaluru Central at 8 PM today and reach Arakkonam Junction at 10.30 AM tomorrow, a railway spokesperson said.
Similarly, a special train will leave Arakkonam Junction at 12.00 noon on 5 December and arrive at Mangaluru Central at 02.30 AM the next day.
Both the trains will stop at Kasaragod, Kannur,Kozhikode, Shoranur Jn., Palakkad Jn., Coimbatore Jn., Erode Jn., Salem Jn., Jolarpettai Jn. and Katpadi Jn, as the passengers can take maximum use.
The NDRF intensified its relief and rescue operations in the rain and flood-battered Chennai and adjoining areas as it added 20 more teams for the job and rescued over 10,000 people till now.
Director General of the force, O P Singh, will also travel to the state to review the operations and effectively monitor these activities.
Heavy rain resumes in Royapettah, Mount Road, Tambaram, and Chengalpattu in Chennai.
INS Airavat begins relief work
Indian Navy Ship Airavat that arrived at the Chennai port from Vishakhapatnam for relief work, pressed into action and began deploying teams laden with amenities and supplies focusing mostly on rescuing marooned people from the waterlogged areas.