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NDRF steps up rescue efforts in Chennai; at least 2 days till commercial flights restart

Chennai: After a brief respite from rain on Friday, heavy rain lashed parts of Chennai later in the evening even as the city tried to get back on its feet. On Saturday morning, light drizzle was reported in Koyambedu area of the city. North Chennai seems to be worst affected.

OP Singh DG, NDRF said this was the most massive deployment in any flood situation and that they had deployed 50 teams in Tamil Nadu. “We have helped more than 16,000 people reach safety in different parts of the state,” he said. He added that extensive use of social media helped them a lot this time. “We have given out and received real time information which helped us a lot,” he said

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.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said that it would take a couple of days for Chennai airport to begin functioning. “Commercial flight services cannot start at Chennai airport as of now, we should give it 2 days,” he said. He added that once the power supply is restored in the city commercial flight services would be restarted.

dna’s Latha Srinivasan in Chennai says that power and phone networks are still down in many areas, even as people continue to search for missing family members. The city has rallied together in the difficult time and many volunteers have been aiding rescue efforts, she added. “A bus of volunteers and items with blankets and other essentials will be leaving hotel Savera at 9 am to Mudichur. In addition, there have been requests for 5,000 sanitary napkins needed in Maduravoyal,” she said.

Meanwhile, Arakonnam naval base, located 70 kms south of Chennai, and the Tambaram Air Base, nearly 30 kms outside the capital city, have become the two nerve centres on the rescue operations map. Over 600 rescued people were ferried on Friday from the base named ‘INS Rajali’.

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