Rescue operations on war-footing at Tambaram
Chennai: Principal secretary to government, special initiatives, K Rajaraman, said the rescue operation in Tambaram, Mudichur and its surroundings is almost nearing completion with 99 per cent of the people evacuated from the flooded areas.
Addressing mediapersons yesterday, Rajaraman said, "CTO Colony, Sri Sai Colony, Samathuva Periyar Nagar, Annai Anjugam Nagar, Mudichur, Varadharajapuram, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Bharathi Nagar were the most affected regions where the rainwater flooded the residential areas."
"Quick measures were taken to rescue the people from these areas. Four teams that comprised authorities from every department worked in tandem in the rescue operations," he added.
Six helicopters from the Coast Guard, Air Force and Army were used during the operations. Residents who had found shelter on rooftops were provided 4,000 food packets and water bottles. About 12,995 people have been rescued in the last 24 hours.
He said, "The rainwater is expected to recede in the next three days after which transportation works will be carried out." Ramarajan said 23 people had lost their lives in the torrential rain and six have been washed away in floodwaters.
A total of 673 personnel from NDRF, SDRF, fire fighters, Indian Army, Coast Guard, Fisheries department were involved in the rescue operations; they worked without rest to rescue the stranded people. During the rescue operations, 130 boats were used.
Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Law, Courts and Prisons S P Velu Mani, Minister for Animal Husbandry T K M Chinnayya, Kancheepuram Collector R Gajalakshmi, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, principal secretary K Phanindra Reddy, Dairy and Fisheries department secretary S Vijayakumar, director of Municipal Administration G Prakash, regional director of municipal administration, Chengalpet, N S Prema were present.