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Separatist leader Masarat Alam re-arrested after release

Pakistani flags were allegedly waved in the rally, following which a case was registered against him. He had been released only a month back after detention of over four years under multiple PSA orders.
Bhat ran the 2010 agitation when the other top separatist leaders were caged.

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DMK chief slams Centre’s decision on LPG subsidy

The DMK President sought immediate withdrawal of the decision and also urged the Centre to drop any plans to cut urea and kerosene subsidy.

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Census 2011: Sikhs, Jains have the worst sex ratio

Work participation rate for total population stands at 39.8 per cent and, by religious communities it is 41.0 per cent (Hindus), 32.6 per cent (Muslims), 41.9 per cent (Christians), 36.3 per cent (Sikhs), 43.1 per cent (Buddhists) and 35.5 per cent (Jains).

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Will finalise electoral strategy for Tamil Nadu assembly polls at appropriate time: Jayalalithaa

“People will not forgive them,” she said, adding her government had an “impeccable record.”

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Jallikattu to be legalised? Bull taming is cruelty at its best and govt is using issue for electoral win in Tamil Nadu

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Corruption charges are non-issue, don’t compare me to DMK, AIADMK: Anbumani Ramadoss tells Firstpost

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Tamil Nadu administration on alert after rains lash southern coastal districts

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Sushma Swaraj responds to social media post on 14 Indians stranded in Malaysia

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A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.
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A social media post stating that a group of 14 Indians from Tamil Nadu are stranded in Malaysia after being allegedly duped by a job agent drew External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj’s attention on Monday as she said the Indian envoy in Kuala Lumpur has contacted them.A Facebook post by one of the victims said they were a group of 14 people from Tamil Nadu and had arrived in Malaysia in July.The post said they were promised a higher salary by a job agent in Tamil Nadu but were given a lesser amount and when they protested and refused to work they were allegedly beaten.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The post drew the attention of External Affairs Minister Swaraj, who tweeted, “Our High Commission in Malaysia has contacted them. Police has taken cognizance. Please contact Mission for any help.” She also posted a link to the Facebook post.

Hold simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and state assemblies for the sake of development: Parliament panel

A parliamentary panel has asked the government as well as the Election Commission to explore possibility of holding simultaneous elections, to reduce frequency of polls and enforcement of code of conduct that impedes economic development. “This is important for India, if it is to compete with other nations in developmental agenda on real time basis as robust democratic country,” said the 31-member panel headed by Congress party’s Tamil Nadu MP Dr E M S. Natchippan. The panel said massive costs could be saved with the conduct of simultaneous elections. Only the Election Commission spends around Rs 4,500 crore for holding staggered Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, currently. The costs incurred by political parties are enormous.

A parliamentary panel has asked the government as well as the Election Commission to explore possibility of holding simultaneous elections, to reduce frequency of polls and enforcement of code of conduct that impedes economic development. “This is important for India, if it is to compete with other nations in developmental agenda on real time basis as robust democratic country,” said the 31-member panel headed by Congress party’s Tamil Nadu MP Dr E M S. Natchippan. The panel said massive costs could be saved with the conduct of simultaneous elections. Only the Election Commission spends around Rs 4,500 crore for holding staggered Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, currently. The costs incurred by political parties are enormous.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Committee has envisaged holding of elections of some state assemblies at mid-term of Lok Sabha and remaining with the end of tenure of Lok Sabha. It said the proposed first phase could be held in November 2016, involving states like West Bengal, Kerala, Puduchery, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Karnataka. The states whose terms end between May 2016 to May 2018 should be clubbed together. In Phase two, rest of states, whose terms end between December 2018 to June 2019 should be held in June 2019 along with Lok Sabha elections.The MPs in the Standing Committee looking after the Ministry of Law and Justice said if all the political parties cooperate, the necessary steps can be taken without hurting the interests of any political party.First three general elections to Lok Sabha were conducted simultaneously with all state legislative assemblies till 1967. However, the cycle got disrupted due to premature dissolution of some assemblies in 1968 and 1969. In 1970, the Lok Sabha was itself dissolved prematurely. The panel reminded the practice in South Africa, where elections to national and provincial legislatures are held simultaneously for five years and municipal elections are held two years later. In Sweden, elections are held on a fixed date on second Sunday in September for four years.Though admitting that it may not be feasible in 2016 or even in a decade, but it has expressed confidence that a solution will be found in a due course of time.

With TN temple ruling, SC strikes fine balance between right to religion and social reform

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State can’t decide on appointment of temple priests, says SC: Here’s the full text of the judgement

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PIL on suspending operations of liquor outlets in Tamil Nadu’s flooded areas

Change India’s Director A Narayanan submitted that when milk and water had become scarce and thousands of people were struggling in the flash floods, TASMAC outlets continued sales Stating that even though he was aware of the High Court’s position of non interference in government policy decisions, Narayanan said “extraordinary measures and situations warrant interference”.

Madras High Court on Wednesday disposed of a PIL seeking to suspend operations of state-run TASMAC liquor outlets for two to three months in flood affected districts, but asked the Tamil Nadu government to consider the suggestion made by an NGO to release the flood relief amount among women in those areas instead of men.The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, before which the PIL by NGO Change India came up, suggested the government to go through a research study by the petitioner in 2006 titled ‘Alcoholism before and after tsunami’ and to examine its representation on suspending operation of liquor shops in flood affected areas.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Change India’s Director A Narayanan submitted that when milk and water had become scarce and thousands of people were struggling in the flash floods, TASMAC outlets continued sales Stating that even though he was aware of the High Court’s position of non interference in government policy decisions, Narayanan said “extraordinary measures and situations warrant interference”.Narayanan, who appeared in person, expressed fears that the succour to be provided to affected people may get dissipated in consumption of liquor rather than rehabilitation.The bench then raised a query on what could be the methodology to ensure that such a thing does not happen, to which the petitioner suggested that the relief amount be released to the woman in the house rather than to the man.Narayanan submitted that he made a representation with relevant research material to the government on December 8, 2015 and prayed that his representation be considered.The bench after hearing the petitioner said, “This representation can thus be examined in terms of the research study or any other material.”

Appointing priests according to temple tradition is not against Constitution, rules SC

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Follow texts, temple rituals for appointing priests don’t violate equality: Supreme Court

In 1971, the DMK govt led by CM Karunanidhi amended the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious Endowments Act to abolish the concept of hereditary appointments which was challenged in the Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court on Wednesday said that restriction in ‘Agama Sastras’ didn’t violate the right to equality as defined by Article 14 of the Indian constitution. According to a report in The Hindu, a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the appointment of archakas in temples following ‘Agama Sastra’ – rituals of individual temples concerned – will continue. In 1971, the DMK govt led by CM Karunanidhi amended the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious Endowments Act to abolish the concept of hereditary appointments which was challenged in the Supreme Court. In its judgement, the Constitution bench of the apex court held that the appointments of Archakas was a ‘secular function’ and abolished ‘next-in-line succession’ appointments, but allowed appointments from a given ‘denomination, sect or group’, that had to be followed. This move was criticised because it led to priest appointments being restricted to the community of Brahmins for several decades. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What’s Article 14 of the Indian Constitution? Equality before law The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth​

ED conducts searches at Karti Chidambaram’s office

ED first conducted searches only at residences of those who are close to Karthi. But later, the team also raided Karti’s office in his presence.
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted searches at former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram’s office. The matter relates to a case that ED is investigating foreign exchange violations by Advance Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd and Vasan Healthcare. ED first conducted searches only at residences of those who are close to Karthi. But later, the team also raided Karti’s office in his presence. A laptop recovered from his office has been taken under possession. ED South Zone is currently conducting the searches. The searches were reportedly conducted after Mohanan Rajesh, one of the directors of a company allegedly belonging to Karti, gave leads of important files present at the Office of Chess Global Advisory Services Pvt Ltd.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karti is a Tamil Nadu Congress leader. He is also the vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) and also the chairman of India’s only ATP tournament, the Chennai Open.

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, ministers meet PM Modi, discuss Mullaperiyar issue

he rising water level in the Mullaperiyar dam due to rains is causing concern over the dam’s safety as five Kerala districts are downstream.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy in Kerala on Tuesday.

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Raising the Mullaperiyar Dam issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday demanded that the Centre initiate chief ministerial level talks between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, involved in a dispute over the century-old reservoir.Chandy, who met the Prime Minister along with some of his cabinet colleagues at the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and spent about 15 minutes, also pressed for a second dam across Mullaperiyar to replace the ‘structurally week’ reservoir.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dam is located in Kerala but operated and managed by Tamil Nadu. The rising water level in the dam due to rains is causing concern over the dam’s safety as five Kerala districts are downstream. Chandy later told reporters that the PM assured that he would “sympathetically” consider their various pleas. This is the second time Chandy had taken up the issue with Modi, who wrapped up his two-day visit to the state this evening. Chandy had recently met the PM in Delhi and discussed various issues of the state, including the dam issue.Setting aside the controversy over his exclusion from the statue unveiling function of R Sankar, Chandy handed over a memorandum to the Prime minister on the various demands of the state, including the FACT Package, setting up an All Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala and upgrading of Regional cancer centre as National cancer centre. The Chief Minister said Kerala also should get one more smart city besides Kochi.Talking about the delay in completion of 500 km Gail pipeline across the state due to land acquisition issues, he said land had been acquired for laying the pipeline up to 350 km. The issue of rubber farmers, reduction of air fares to gulf were also discussed with the Prime Minister, he said. The Prime Minister later left for Delhi and was seen off by Kerala Governor, P Sathasivam, Chandy and other dignitaries.

‘I will be with you at any time’, CM Jayalalithaa tells flood-hit people of Tamil Nadu

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Nalini Sriharan moves High Court again, demands early release

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Rajasthan govt submits smart city proposal to urban development ministry

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Schools, colleges reopen in Tamil Nadu

As there has been dry weather over last few days and normal life is getting restored, schools and colleges reopened on Monday.

Schools, colleges reopen in Tamil Nadu

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After torrential rains and floods forced their closure for nearly a month, schools and colleges in Chennai and its neighbouring districts reopened on Monday.Soon after the onset of North East Monsoon in October, incessant rains hampered normal life with the city recording heavy rainfall last week that led to inundation of large areas. Essential commodities took a hit while educational institutions were closed particularly those in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Cuddalore districts.As there has been dry weather over last few days and normal life is getting restored, schools and colleges reopened on Monday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>University examinations have already been postponed by the Government. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the civil services examinations scheduled from December 18 to 23 for at least for two months to enable the students from Tamil Nadu to take up the examinations with “adequate preparation”.

Post Tamil Nadu rains, Jayalalithha urges PM Modi to postpone Civil Service examinations

The “hardship” faced by the students would place the candidates at a “distinct disadvantage” as compared to candidates from other parts of the country, she said.
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Stating that students from the state taking up civil service examinations were affected by heavy rains and floods, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the examinations by two months for “adequate preparations” for them.”I understand that Union Public Services Commission proposes to conduct Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2015, from December 18 to 23. The devastation caused by the recent floods in Chennai has largely interrupted various services including the supply of electricity”, she said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Students all over from Tamil Nadu appearing for civil services examinations use Chennai as the main centre for preparation”, she said in her letter to Modi.”Their life has been completely disrupted in the last few weeks and they were unable to concentrate and study for the examination”, she said.The “hardship” faced by the students would place the candidates at a “distinct disadvantage” as compared to candidates from other parts of the country, she said.”As this has been a calamity of severe magnitude affecting a large population, I request you to kindly take up the issue with the Union Public Service Commission and have the Civil Services (Main) examination, 2015, postponed by at least two months”, she said.It would enable the students from Tamil Nadu to appear in the examinations with “adequate preparation” and would place them on level playing field with their counterparts, she said. She said life was returning to normalcy in many parts of the city and other flood-affected areas as there has been dry weather over the last few days.Various school and University examinations were already postponed by the Government due to floods, she said.

DMK slams Jayalalithaa for Tamil Nadu floods; Centre terms it ‘calamity of severe nature’

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Images of former Union Minister V Narayanasamy holding slippers for Rahul Gandhi go viral

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Jayalalithaa urges PM Modi to declare Tamil Nadu floods as national calamity

Referring to the destruction caused by the four rounds of floods in most districts, she said there has been extensive damage to infrastructure as well as to the private property of thousands of families.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the unprecedented floods in the state as a national calamity and proposed measures, including a moratorium on home and vehicle loans, to enable affected families rebuild lives. “I request you to immediately declare this unprecedented, catastrophic and cataclysmic event a national calamity,” she said in a letter to Modi. For flood-hit households many of whom are in the low and middle income groups, she proposed a special set of measures like soft loans, speeding up insurance claims disbursal and moratorium by banks on EMIs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the destruction caused by the four rounds of floods in most districts, she said there has been extensive damage to infrastructure as well as to the private property of thousands of families. Many households had lost valuables like personal effects and domestic durable assets, she said and added that “it cannot be adequately compensated through the existing structure of relief payments”. “The insurance companies may be directed to take up the survey and settlement of the claims on a campaign mode, and with a liberal application of norms so that such households could receive insurance payments early,” she said.”I suggest that the banks may be directed to provide a limited moratorium on repayment, as well as a rescheduling of the loans, which would lower the Equated Monthly Instalment payments and offer a measure of relief,” the CM said.Many affected families also lost their personal vehicles and almost all their durable domestic assets, including furniture, refrigerators, television sets, washing machines and kitchen equipment, she said. “I suggest that, as a special case, flood-affected families may be liberally extended soft loans by banks for purchase of vehicles, educational loans to continue to fund the education of children and personal loans of an amount upto Rs five lakh to finance essential domestic durable assets.” The government would provide special certification to all such families, based on which banks could sanction loans as per their norms, she said.The CM stressed that only with such a package of assistance would many of these families be in a position to restart their lives.

More rainfall in Chennai between 1 and 2 December than in any day for over 100 years: Nasa

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Chennai begins floods clean-up

A major clean-up operation is under way in the the southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) after a week of devastating floods.

No report of disease outbreak in flood-ravaged Tamil Nadu: Health Ministry

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Chennai Floods: What it’s really like to deliver aid in a disaster zone

While there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations.

Relief packets being distributed in a waterlogged locality.

It’s Monday and Chennai is once again bustling with energy. At first glance, except for a few puddles and stray heaps of mangled debris along the roadside, there are few indications of a city that has lost more than 270 lives in the floods last week. However, the reality is starkly different.As one moves away from the main roads into the bylanes of Chennai, a contrasting image emerges. Lorries and SUVs unabashedly plastered with Amma stickers ply the narrow streets of the worst affected areas carrying food and water. “The people don’t care so much for food anymore. There are so many groups providing food. Yesterday, we took two food varieties – chappati kurma and lemon rice. People preferred the chappati kurma – it’s tastier than the rather dry lemon rice. They’ve started developing preferences as there is surplus,” says Natraj an organising member of a civilian relief camp at Lalit Mahal in Mandavelli, Chennai. Relief centre co-ordinators and field-workers alike have acknowledged that there is enough food and water to go around now. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Who really needs aid?Though the Tamil Nadu government was a full 48 hours late in beginning to provide rescue and relief, they’ve certainly played catch up and are now doing a commendable job providing sustenance aid for the worst affected areas. But helping the worst affected areas is just the tip of the iceberg – these areas are also those with the highest visibility and subsequently receive the most amount of aid. There are several neighbourhoods in and around Chennai that have lost everything, but haven’t been able to receive aid because their neighbourhoods technically don’t fall under the ‘worst affected areas’ category.On the ground, there seems to be a sense of pride amongst volunteers, both civilian and government, in being able to offer help to the ‘people who need it the most’. And for some reason, this measure seems to be inferred by the levels of water stagnation that each area was subject to. In reality, whether water levels were 4ft or 12ft, the tragedy of a submerged home is just that. The need of the hourThe real need of the hour for people who’ve lost everything seems to be basics like blankets, floor mats, pillows, mosquito coils, hygiene products and basic provisions. “My mother is sitting on the streets. There is absolutely nothing except the roof and the floor remaining in what used to be our home. The walls have been washed away. It’s the home I grew up in. We’ve lost everything we’ve ever owned,” says a tearful Kanniamma, whose family lives in Jafferkhanpet. Kanniamma isn’t alone. There are several lakhs of people in Chennai who’ve lost all their life’s savings and possessions and have to start afresh.Information economy and the Chennai floodsOver the last six days, a highly complex but workable information web emerged in Chennai. As most of the city quickly lost electricity and telephone connectivity to the torrential rains, it was almost impossible to identify the areas that were at risk of being submerged and needed help. With very little TV coverage and a tight-lipped government, it was up to the common man to organise the first-response rescue efforts. Chennaivasis who still had power and internet transformed into digital volunteers, not sleeping a wink through several nights. Powered by the deluge of information collated through word-of-mouth, on-ground reports from rescue volunteers and SOS messages on social media from their loved ones all over the world, a pattern of the most affected neighbourhoods in Chennai emerged. The twitter hashtags #chennairainshelp #chennairains #chennaifloods and #verified became the lifeline of the entire civilian rescue operation. Vithun Ravindhran, a digital information volunteer says, “I’ve hardly slept for a few hours in the last six days. But the very thought that my updates could save someone’s life on the ground keeps me going. The group effort of Chennai’s volunteers has managed to save the lives of thousands. I’ll only stop when no one’s life is in danger anymore,” he says. Related Read – Chennai floods: Here are some tips for volunteers working on the groundThe challenges of delivering aid in a disaster zoneWhile there has been an outpouring of aid from people all over the world, the unsettling truth of the hour is that it is an impossible task to provide aid to a population of over 4.5 million people solely through private donations. “Yesterday we almost got mob-lynched by 300 aggressive people who isolated, surrounded and violently banged on our cars as they spotted blankets being stacked up inside the car. It was the scariest experience of my life. We had to return without distributing the supplies as they’d have surely broken into the car and beaten us up if we had stayed there any longer. Our fellow-volunteers who are professional body-builders had to push away the people so that the car could move out of the narrow street. It only goes to demonstrate the level of desperation and dire need that the people are in,” says Srisai Sivakumar, an on-ground volunteer.This is not an isolated incident, Sam Paul, another volunteer who spearheaded massive relief works in Chennai, made a post on his Facebook wall warning volunteers not to go into affected areas without the support of the local leader or strongman. Other volunteers have said that the Chennai city police have been of massive help in accompanying civilian volunteers and helping them distribute aid. The reality of the situation is that there just isn’t enough aid available. Distributing limited aid in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, unfortunately means that the fittest victim will receive the most. Relief material packed for distributionMoving from relief to rehabilitationBig FM’s RJ Balaji another volunteer who used his celebrity status to bring together a big volunteer group, put out a video yesterday saying that they were going to stop all the relief efforts starting Monday, 7 December. “We did whatever little we could in the last five days. All of this has only been immediate relief. But long-term relief for the affected people cannot be attained just by giving them a packet of biscuit, milk or water. In order to take this relief work to the next level, it has to turn into rehabilitation work.”With the water-levels receding and Chennai returning to business-as-usual, the affected people are now grappling with the reality of having to rebuild their lives from scratch. Donations and aid have begun dwindling down and most volunteers have returned to their day jobs today. Chennai is slowly emerging from the worst flooding it has seen in a century – but the big question looming over everyone’s heads is this – What is the real function of a state government that meticulously kept its money-churning liquor shops open throughout the deluge, but failed miserably in organising rescue and relief for a full 48 hours? The author is a Communications Specialist who was born and raised in Chennai. She volunteered as a digital and on-ground volunteer during the Chennai floods.Also Read: Notes from the Chennai Floods: Better off than most

Chennai floods: Aid stickers fuel anger

Relief workers allege they are being forced to paste stickers of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha on flood aid coming into Chennai.

Flights resume in flood-hit Chennai

The airport in the southern Indian city of Chennai resumes flights a week after floods forced it to shut down operations.

Water levels recede and air, train services resume: But Chennai’s wrath remains

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Chennai rains: Aerial sorties called off

In the past few days, through a coordinated team of defence forces and NDRF, the IAF airlifted nearly 1,500 people to safety

Defence forces have called off aerial sorties for rescue operations in flood-hit Chennai which is limping back to normalcy as water levels have started going down. “The water level in the city has gone down considerably after initial days of flooding. Since last evening all aerial rescue and relief operations have been called off. There are no further communications from either Tamil Nadu government or Centre to carry them out as the city is slowly returning to normalcy,” a top IAF official told PTI today.In the past few days, through a coordinated team of defence forces and NDRF, the IAF airlifted nearly 1,500 people to safety. Nearly 400 persons including students were flown to Delhi and Hyderabad in a C-17 and a civilian airliner from the Arakkonam Naval base, 70 km west of here. The Tambaram Air base, nearly 30 km south of the city, and the Arakkonnam base were two critical defence assets in carrying out the rescue and relief operations.IAF units from different places had joined the rescue operations at Tambaram, which served as the nodal point for executing the operations, besides the INS Rajali base at Arakkonam. “Now, all the IAF units are returning to their parent bases, as the sorties have been called off,” the top IAF official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At Arakkonam, only a civilian flight flew about 50 people to Hyderabad this morning, a senior naval official said. The C-17 was flying out from the Naval base while the Air base ferried rescued people to Arakkonam in smaller aircraft like Mi-14 and AN-32.

Devastation in Chennai: A look at some of the worst affected areas in the flood-hit city

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Chennai floods: Aerial sorties for rescue ops called off as city limps back to normalcy

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Chennai Rains: When ‘PIB-photoshopped’ Modi and Jayalalithaa’s posters earned ridicule

Until the floods that ravaged the city of 6 million, the lofty remoteness of Jayalalithaa added to the aura around a leader with an almost hysterical following.

For both him and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the image of strong leadership created by their publicity machines was undermined.

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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa is being heckled and abused for going missing in action after floods swept the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which she rules. It’s a salutary lesson for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who at first drew nods of approval when he rushed to Chennai last week, promising to stand by its people in their hour of need. Yet, within hours, Modi became the object of mockery on social media after his press office released a doctored photo of him inspecting flood damage. For both him and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the image of strong leadership created by their publicity machines was undermined.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Until the floods that ravaged the city of 6 million, the lofty remoteness of Jayalalithaa added to the aura around a leader with an almost hysterical following. Devotees of the 1960s screen idol have immolated themselves in her defence in the past. Now, she faces a backlash from residents fed up with the sight of her image on billboards, aid packets and her own Jaya Plus TV channel. She has been since in public only twice during the crisis – once with Modi.Angry youths heckled a state minister and officials in Jayalalithaa’s north Chennai constituency, where people were sitting on the roadside amid sludge and mountains of garbage, their shanties swept away by the worst rains in a century. “Forget about Amma coming here, there was no sign of the party cadres,” said one of them, called Dorairaj. About 280 people have died across Tamil Nadu since torrential rains on Dec. 1 submerged tracts of Chennai under up to eight feet (2.5 metres) of water, trapping people on rooftops with no communication. There was further revulsion after a party legislator put up a poster of Jayalalithaa lifting a baby above the floodwaters, in a scene from a blockbuster movie. “Adding salt to the wounds,” said one Twitter post.Avadi Kumar, a spokesman of her ruling AIADMK party, said there was anger among the people but the administration was doing all it could to bring relief: “It is impossible to reach all areas immediately or be present everywhere at all times.”‘Acche din’Modi’s own promise to voters of good days to come for India is also starting to face disenchantment, 18 months into his five-year term, with key reforms stalled by bureaucratic inertia and political gridlock. Ambitious initiatives, such as a “Clean India” campaign, have made little headway – even as Modi has built up huge followings on social media and addressed enthusiastic diaspora Indians at packed stadiums on his many trips overseas. “If today he appears to have lost control over his own narrative, it is his own fault,” commentator Tavleen Singh wrote in Sunday’s Indian Express, urging Modi to hire a professional media team. Modi does not have an official spokesperson.Jayalalithaa, 67, in the past considered as a possible prime ministerial candidate backed by regional groups, faces an election in Tamil Nadu next year. BJP has little presence in Tamil Nadu, a state of 70 million. It would rather the iron-fisted Jayalalithaa stays in power, believing she is more inclined to back his reform agenda in parliament than her rivals. But there are concerns around her health and that she may have to curtail her campaign.Earlier this year a higher court acquitted her in a graft case for which was briefly jailed which had caused an outpouring of anger from her supporters. Some lay down on roads and tried to persuade bus drivers to go over them. “She is supposed to be a fantastic administrator. But this time there was no presence of government at all. Ordinary people did all the work that government and police were supposed to do,” said S. Raja, one flood-hit resident of Chennai.

Chennai floods: Not everyone helped, rescued students recount horrific experiences

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Chennai floods: KSRTC comes to rescue of people stranded in city

In the meantime, normalcy is returning in most parts of Chennai at a faster pace with the sky remaining clear, except for occasional showers at isolated locations.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has kicked off free bus services for flood-hit people from Chennai to Bengaluru after every eight hours. “As incessant rains in costal Tamil Nadu have hit the people financially and many of them don?t have money left with them. We have started free bus services for the flood-hit people from Chennai to Bengaluru after every eight hours since Friday night”? said KSRTC Managing Director Rajendra Kataria divulging details of the service.”Besides, we will transport relief materials to flood-hit Chennai free of cost. We are doing our bit to provide some relief to the flood-affected people as part of our social responsibility,” said Kataria. “Earlier, we used to ply nearly 40 buses between the two cities, which was affected by floods in Chennai and got reduced to just 20. Chennai-bound passengers also reduced dramatically. However, there is a sudden spurt in demand of more buses from Chennai, as many people want to come to this side (in search of a safe haven). Hence, for the past few days, we have been plying 55 buses between the two cities, which are ferrying 5,000-6,000 people everyday,” he elaborated. “Even as most of the buses are running empty from one side (from Bengaluru) and have incurred a loss of Rs. 50-60 lakh so far to the KSRTC, we never charged extra fare from the travellers. Normally, we charge extra fare when we ply additional buses. Apart from these, following a request from the Maharashtra Government to evacuate 150 students from the state stuck in IIT Chennai, we have arranged three buses for them as well,” Kataria added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the meantime, normalcy is returning in most parts of Chennai at a faster pace with the sky remaining clear, except for occasional showers at isolated locations. Telecommunication and train services have been partially restored, besides many roads have also become fairly motorable. In Chennai, the availability of essential items like milk, candles and petroleum and diesel remain an area of concern.Naval vessels INS Shakti and INS Shyadhri arrived Chennai port with fresh loads of relief materials. After conducting an aerial survey of flood-hit areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a financial relief of Rs. 1,000 crore for flood-hit Tamil Nadu.

Kamal Haasan’s criticises AIADMK’s flood relief measures; Jaya’s minister not amused

The actor was ‘confused’ and had ‘blabbered’ unaware of the ground reality, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam said.

Taking strong exception to film star Kamal Haasan’s reported criticism of ruling AIADMK’s flood relief activities, Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam today charged the actor with becoming a ‘puppet’ of those who tried to gain political mileage in such situations.In a strongly-worded statement, Panneerselvam, considered Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s ‘Man Friday’, also explained to the actor the government’s spending in social sectors and disaster management and advised him to go through the budget “by allocating time in between his movie shootings”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panneerselvam’s retort comes in the wake of the actor’s reported criticism in a section of media, where he had purportedly said the “system has collapsed” and that he was making donations since the government had asked him and reportedly expressed his displeasure over it.”In an extraordinary situation where Chennai had received over 40 cm of rainfall in a single day resulting in flooding, instead of being supportive of the Amma (Jayalalithaa) government, he has made wrong statement which is above his qualification,” Panneerselvam said. The actor was ‘confused’ and had ‘blabbered’ unaware of the ground reality, he said.Explaining government’s relief measures, he said though the state was returning to normalcy after rains in earlier part of November, it once again struggled as it received rain in excess of 40 cm last week, a record after 1918.”In a film produced by him, he may set right natural disaster in just one scene or a song. But reality is different. Normalcy can be restored only with proper planning and over a period of time which Amma (Jayalalithaa) is doing expeditiously,” Panneerselvam said. “If he wants to know about natural disaster, he should once again watch his movie Anbe Sivam,” he said. The movie, also starring R Madhavan, deals with the trials and tribulations of two protagonists stuck in a deluge.On Jayalalithaa’s instructions, over 40,000 government staff were involved in flood relief, 300 boats employed while some 12 lakh affected persons had been rescued and lodged in camps. So far, some 55 lakh food packets have been distributed and over 23,000 medical camps held, he said. “In such a situation, saying that the entire system has collapsed, is not only contrary to facts, but also amounts to insulting the people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.He also lambasted the actor for questioning what happened to the taxpayer’s money as government solicited contributions. “His statement shows that he has become a puppet of people who eye political mileage in such a situation,” he said, referring to a Tamil saying which means grabbing available valuables from a burning house.The Minister said Kamal Haasan should clarify if he had ‘sold himself out’ to any ‘evil force’ which aims at creating an illusion that tax payers’ money was ‘misappropriated’ by the government, and thus malign its reputation among people.”Even the Rs 679 crore tax payers’ money allotted for disaster mitigation in the budget for year 2015-16 is being spent now,” he said, adding that the actor need not have any doubt about where the money was going and insisted that Jayalalithaa was keen to ensure taxes were not wasted.Her government was not seeking ‘alms’ from the actor, but he was trying to gain ‘cheap publicity’ by making an offer claiming he was doing it for people, Panneerselvam said.Referring to the actor’s outburst at the height of the ‘Vishwaroopam’ controversy where he threatened to leave the country in the face of strong protests from Muslim bodies, the Minister sought to remind him that it was Jayalalithaa who helped solve the stand-off.But the actor had forgotten thanking Jayalalithaa then and had made such remarks now, he said.Further, the government had not sought any contribution from him, but only from the Centre even as many good-hearted individuals and state governments where making voluntary donations considering it a noble deed, he said. “The Tamil tradition is to not beg from anyone and turn down charity,” he said. In fact, Telugu actor Allu Arjun, had committed to providing Rs 25 lakh for the city where he stayed for 18 years, Panneerselvam said.On the actor’s comment that ‘ruling party’ was spending Rs 4,000 crore on corporate projects and why it could not be divided among 120 crore people of India, Panneerselvam wondered if the question was directed at the Centre. “Don’t know why he is asking that question now. Probably he is angry that (Centre) has not waived the service tax levied on cinema industry,” he remarked sarcastically.Referring to a recent ad-film featuring the actor, Panneerselvam said there were reports that he had donated the Rs 15 crore he charged as his payment, to an NGO which had only denied such reports.”We cannot be tolerating Kamal Haasan’s blabbering just because he is a big actor or makes big films. People of Tamil Nadu who have complete faith in Chief Minister Amma will never believe or accept them,” he said.

As Tamil Nadu battles heavy rains, here’s a look at past examples of flood fury

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Singapore to provide US $75,000 assistance to flood-hit Chennai

Additionally, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has also sent a letter to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday.

Chennai floods

Singapore has contributed US $75,000 to assist those affected by the devastating flood in Chennai, country’s foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday. Additionally, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has also sent a letter to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday. Balakrishnan has also informed the Chief Minister of Singapore’s contribution of US $75,000 to the Singapore Red Cross’ “South Asia Floods 2015” public appeal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said. “I am saddened by the hundreds of lives lost and disrupted due to the severe flooding in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. “Like many Singaporeans, I hope that the floods will recede soon. I am confident that normalcy will return to your state in the near future under your leadership,” he wrote.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Balakrishnan added that he hoped the Singapore contribution to the fund would be able to help those affected. “We hope that this will be of some assistance to those affected by the floods and demonstrate Singapore’s solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu during this difficult period,” Balakrishnan said. Meanwhile, all flights between Singapore’s Changi and Chennai have been suspended due to the heavy rains. Heavy rains have lashed the region with over 250 people killed in Tamil Nadu.

It’s raining in Chennai again, residents worried

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Chennai floods: NDRF intensifies relief ops, adds 20 more teams

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After milk, water and vegetables, ‘logistical problems’ disrupt fuel supplies across Tamil Nadu

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Chennai gets a breather as rains stop, flood waters recede, train services partially restored

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Saina Nehwal to donate Rs 2 lakh for Tamil Nadu flood victims

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will donate Rs 2 lakh for the people affected by heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu, her father said on Friday.

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will donate Rs 2 lakh for the people affected by heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu, her father said on Friday.”Saina would like to donate Rs 2 lakh to the victims of rains in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. I am going to make it happen,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.Saina, currently ranked number two in BWF world rankings, is training under renowned coach Vimal Kumar in Bangalore.Unprecedented heavy rains over the last several days have led to widespread devastation in Chennai and its neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Rains ease in flood-hit Chennai

The southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is experiencing a respite from rains, but forecasts of more showers remain in place.

France expresses solidarity with flood-hit Chennai

“Flooding in India’s Chennai region has taken a tragic toll. I want to express France’s solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy,” French FM said.

France on Wednesday expressed solidarity with people affected by the worst ever floods in Chennai and its suburbs and said the “unprecedented” magnitude of the flooding confirms that time is running out and “concrete and urgent” action needs to be taken against climate disruption. “Flooding in India’s Chennai region has taken a tragic toll. I want to express France’s solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy. The unprecedented magnitude of the flooding confirms yet again that we no longer have time. We must take concrete and urgent action against climate disruption,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. Rescue and relief operations were in full swing today in the worst flood-affected areas of Chennai and suburbs and neighbouring districts which enjoyed a welcome respite from torrential rains as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore in aid to Tamil Nadu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains continued to lash coastal Cuddalore district, one of the worst affected areas ever since North-East monsoon fury started early last month, and Villupuram and Kanyakumari districts and Puducherry as the death toll in the state mounted to 269. Modi visited Chennai today to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods and also took an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts in Tamil Nadu.Indian environment experts attending the Paris climate change summit have already said that the rains in the city were an outcome of the ever warming planet. “We are now experiencing the full blown impacts of climate change. The extreme rainfalls that Chennai is experiencing is a direct outcome of our ever warming planet. The global average temperature has increased by less than 1 degree. Think what will happen at 2 degree temperature increase,” Chandra Bhushan Deputy director General of Delhi Based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) yesterday said.

IRCTC to dispatch 1 lakh Rail Neer bottles to Chennai

IRCTC, a PSU of railway, had supplied the packaged drinking water to the flood-affected people in Kashmir.

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will dispatch one lakh bottles of Rail Neer to Chennai, which is currently reeling under devastating floods. “In the first lot, we have dispatched 60,000 one-litre Rail Neer bottles to the affected people of Chennai, who are facing one of the worst natural calamities to hit the capital city of Tamil Nadu,” said IRCTC CMD AK Manocha. He said the bottles have been handed over to the corporation of Chennai and more such consignments will follow after assessing the requirements.IRCTC, a PSU of railway, had supplied the packaged drinking water to the flood-affected people in Kashmir, the earth quake victims in Nepal and Maldivian capital of Male where that country’s only desalination plant had caught fire. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IRCTC’s five Rail Neer plants at Nangloi (Delhi), Danapur (Bihar), Palur (Chennai), Ambernath (Maharashtra) and Amethi – have a combined capacity of about 6.8 lakh litres of packaged drinking water a day.

Chennai flood situation ‘alarming’, eight army columns deployed: Rajnath Singh

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Chennai rains: Watch PM Modi opening his heart and purse for flood-hit city

PM Narendra Modi announced Rs 1,000 crore relief to Tamil Nadu to tackle the flood situation in Chennai. “The government of India stands by the people of Tamil Nadu in its hour of need. I’ve directed that Rs 1,000 crore be released immediately by government of India to Tamil Nadu for immediate relief. This is over and above the Rs 940 crore which was released earlier,” said PM Modi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived at INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu’s Arakkonam district to take an aerial survey of the devastating floods in the state. The PM met Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and Governor K Rosaiah for the same.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier tweeted that he would visit Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods. In continuation of rescue and relief operations by the Indian Air Force in flood affected areas of Tamil Nadu and on completion of airlift of four National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams from Delhi and 10 NDRF teams from Bhubaneswar to Arakkonam, four Indian Army Columns are being airlifted by the transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force today. One C-130J from Tambaram to Delhi and Two C-17s from Arakkonam are expected to get back stranded passengers to Begumpet today. The helicopter operations are on full swing wherein four Medium Lift Helicopter, one Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) and five Chetak/Cheetah are involved actively in rescue and relief operations.One helicopter is positioned in Tirupati to aid the Andhra Pradesh Government. The Indian Air force (IAF) on Thursday conducted operations to provide relief to those affected by the devastating rains in Chennai. The IAF choppers dropped food packets to those stranded on rooftops of their homes in Chennai. The incessant rains in Chennai and the coastal parts of Tamil Nadu over the last few weeks has wreaked havoc and disrupted normal in the state.In the last 24-hours, Chennai has received 345 mm of rain, which is highest ever for a single day in the last 114 years. According to the Home Ministry, 269 people have lost their lives due to the calamity in the state so far.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa also conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallu today. The Chennai Airport will remain closed till Sunday. From today, Chennai bound flights will be landing at INS Rajali Airbase of Indian Navy at Arakonam which is about 60 kilometres from Chennai.Heavy rains and water overflowing above the danger level at Railway Bridges in Chennai-Gudur section has impacted the functioning of trains following which the South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled 12 trains and assured full refunds of fare for the same.

Chennai rains: PM Narendra Modi reaches Tamil Nadu to take stock of flood situation

The Centre has described the situation in Chennai as “worrisome” and promised all possible support to the state government in the hour of crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Tamil Nadu on Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods in the state. He landed at Arrakonam Naval Air Station and will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas, official sources said. Earlier, before emplaning for Tamil Nadu, Modi tweeted, “Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods.”The Centre has described the situation in Chennai as “worrisome” and promised all possible support to the state government in the hour of crisis. Modi had earlier spoken to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to promise all possible support. For the first time in over 40 years, the water has risen rapidly on the river breaching the road and the Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Saidapet cutting the arterial Anna Salai (Mount Road), rendering it out of bounds for motorists.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains abated in Chennai today giving relief to people tormented by the heavy downpour of the last three days but excessive discharge of water last night from Chembarambakkam lake on the outskirts flooded new areas of the city threatening to uproot people from their homes. The fresh flooding of the streets in the heart of the city in areas like Kodambakkam and T.Nagar and Ashok Nagar has been caused by the release of an estimated 30,000 cusecs of water from the Chembarambakkam lake, one of city’s source of drinking water.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to conduct aerial survey of flood affected areas

Earlier, Jayalalithaa had sought Rs. 2,000 crore for flood relief work. The Centre released a financial aid of Rs. 939.63 crore. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha members offered to donate a part of their MPLADS fund for rehabilitation and rescue work.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will conduct an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallu on Thursday.There is water logging in many parts of Chennai due to heavy rains and normal lives remains disrupted. More than 500 people have so far been evacuated in flood-hit Tamil Nadu by several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, claimed OP Singh, NDRF Director General (DG), on Wednesday. “The teams have evacuated more than 500 people so far. Also, we are getting calls, messages from affected people and our teams are responding accordingly,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the Indian Air Force (IAF) lifted three NDRF teams from the Palam airport for flood-hit Tamil Nadu on Wednesday evening with relief materials. Earlier, Jayalalithaa had sought Rs. 2,000 crore for flood relief work. The Centre released a financial aid of Rs. 939.63 crore. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha members offered to donate a part of their MPLADS fund for rehabilitation and rescue work.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took stock of the flood situation in Tamil Nadu and discussed it with his cabinet colleagues, including the Home and Finance Ministers. “I want to inform the House that today morning the Prime Minister met the Home Minister, Finance Minister and myself and discussed the flood conditions in Tamil Nadu. We exchanged information on the situation,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said in the Lok Sabha.The Indian Air Force has already deployed two MI-17 choppers at Tambaram and two MI-17s are being moved from Tirupati to Chennai for relief and rescue operations. Five Chetak helicopters are also operating from Tambaram. In addition, four MI-17 – two each at Bangalore and Nagpur – are on standby.The National Disaster Management Authority will coordinate the relief activities on behalf of the Centre. The authority has a round-the-clock Toll Free helpline number 1078 for this purpose.Heavy rains and water overflowing above the danger level at Railway Bridges in Chennai-Gudur section has impacted the functioning of trains following which the South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled 12 trains and assured full refunds of fare for the same.Meanwhile, Tambaram railway station in Chennai has been turned into a makeshift shelter for the stranded passengers there. Chennai Airport will remain closed till Friday. From Thursday, Chennai bound flights will be landing at INS Rajali Airbase of Indian Navy at Arakonam which is about 60 kilometers from Chennai.

Centre pulls out all stops, Narendra Modi speaks to Jayalalithaa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation along with his senior cabinet colleagues and spoke to Tami Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa offering all possible help.

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Worsening human tragedy due to unprecedented floods in Tamil Nadu found strong resonance in the national capital on Wednesday with Centre reviewing it at several levels and both the houses of parliament showing rare camaraderie to speak in unison to provide all possible help to the affected.Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation along with his senior cabinet colleagues and spoke to Tami Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa offering all possible help.In the Rajya Sabha, warring Congress and BJP decided to stop their squabble on a controversy related to Kumari Selja’s visit to a temple in Dwarka till Thursday and discuss ways to help Tamil Nadu when parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu sought house to focus on floods.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress associated himself with CPM leader Sitaram Yechury suggestion to provide assistance to Tamil Nadu government from MPLAD funds.The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met early in the day under the chairmanship of cabinet secretary P K Sinha to review the situation in detail that according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast can deteriorate further as rains are expected to lash Chennai and surrounding areas for the next four days.The floods have also affected several parts of Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry and can be a bigger disaster than expected earlier, said an official of the national disaster management authority (NDMA) .

Tamil Nadu floods: I&B asks broadcasters to give more coverage to vital

Private television channels and other broadcasting media have also been communicating such information.

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In view of floods in Tamil Nadu, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private broadcasters to enhance efforts at disseminating vital information related to the disaster on real-time basis. In a letter to various television and radio broadcasters, Joint Secretary (Broadcasting) R Jaya said that many agencies, including All India Radio and Doordarshan, have been disseminating vital information related to weather warnings, helplines, contact numbers of personnel, and on the ground situation in the flood-affected areas.Private television channels and other broadcasting media have also been communicating such information. Yet, it is found necessary to enhance the efforts at informing the public on vital matters concerning the situation so as to assist them in seeking and finding help whenever and wherever required.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considering the gravity of the situation, the need for dissemination of critical and vital information regarding all aspects of the disaster on real-time basis has become all the more imperative, she said. “Now, therefore, it is requested that relevant and vital information which is of immediate requirement to the general public, as brought out by the concerned Government agencies, may kindly be telecast/broadcast by all concerned,” she said.

Chennai rains: Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to undertake aerial survey of flood-hit areas tomorrow

She also disclosed that various ministers, including O Paneerselvam, have been deputed to take charge of the relief works in different districts.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Chennai city and its suburbs in Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts tomorrow.A late-night statement issued here by the state government said she wanted to undertake the exercise today but could not do so because of the bad weather and the inability expressed by the pilots. In the statement, she detailed the various steps taken by the government to tackle the situation in Chennai and other two districts and the relief and rescue operations being conducted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She also disclosed that various ministers, including O Paneerselvam, have been deputed to take charge of the relief works in different districts. Senior IAS officials have also been tasked to ensure that relief reaches the people in the worst-affected Chennai and other districts.

Marooned and sinking: Chennai declared disaster zone, Met warns of more rains

No electricity, no food, no transportation, no drinking water and a drowning city, this is what residents of Chennai woke up to on Wednesday as life in the Tamil Nadu capital was crippled as fresh downpour worsened an already disastrous flood situation, posing danger to thousands of people in low-lying areas.

The financial loss may exceed Rs 15,000 crore, an industry lobby body said, as weather forecasting agencies predicted heavy rain to continue for at least the next two days.

The city received 49 cm of rain and Chembarambakkam, where the reservoir surplussed about 25,000 cusecs of water into Adyar river, received 47 cm of rains in the last 24 hours that flooded the city and the suburbs, uprooting people from their homes.

Flood waters reached upto even the second floor of the Housing Board colonies on the banks of Adyar river as people reached roof tops looking for rescue and relief in several parts of the city and suburbs.

A view of Chennai's iconic Marina Beach. PTIA view of Chennai's iconic Marina Beach. PTI

A view of Chennai’s iconic Marina Beach. PTI

The death toll in the rains that have lashed the city and other parts of state has gone up to 197, officials said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is going to go on an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts. According to CNN-IBN reports Chennai has been declared a disaster zone.

City marooned, comes to standstill 

All modes of transport — air, road and rail services — remained suspended due to the unprecedented deluge, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at the airport and various rail terminals. Suburban rail services also remained suspended.

PTI reported that the Chennai airport will be shut till Sunday, 6 December because of the floods.

The Southern Railway cancelled 13 trains out of Egmore station and four trains from Chennai Central. Ten trains from other stations too were axed, reported IANS.

With schools and colleges shut, and vast areas under water, most buses went off the roads and suburban train services were suspended. Auto-rickshaws and taxis plied in some parts of Chennai but the operators fleeced commuters. A taxi driver reportedly charged Rs 4,500 to ferry three people from the airport to a hotel. Left with no option to proceed to their destinations, many people were seen walking on the railway track even as water was rushing below with brute force.

Public holiday declared

Several private establishments declared a holiday. The government on Wednesday issued an advisory to private sector undertakings to allow their employees to take leave or permit them to work from home on Thursday and Friday.

The Hindu and Business Standard newspapers did not come out on Wednesday due to heavy rains. The Hindu will be published on Thursday, a newspaper employee said.

No electricity, phonelines, ATMS down

Phone network—both mobile and fixed lines–were out of service even as ATMs did not function. Even in the few ATMs that were open, serpentine queues were witnessed and people stocked up on supplies in the wake of more rains being forecast for the coming days.

Telecom service providers and mobile payment solutions providers have come up with free mobile recharges to help residents stay connected.

Rescue operations by Army, Navy and Centre

While the Army and Air Force were involved in rescue work and distribution of food packets at suburban Tambaram and Oorapakkam, ships of the Navy and Coast Guard were on standby, officials said. Expert Naval divers and inflatable boats were deployed at Adyar and Kotturpuram areas to help marooned citizens.

Alok Bhatnagar, Naval officer in charge, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said ships — INS Airawat and other amphibian vessels would arrive here tonight. The Navy was also ready with medical supplies, he said. Seven boats had already been deployed for rescue work, while shelters were ready to accommodate 200 people.

The Indian Coast Guard has shifted over 150 marooned people in Chennai, and over 1,000 people stranded at different locations were provided with food cooked on board Coast Guard ships.

The government said 72,119 people were housed in 432 relief camps, but thousands of passengers were still stranded at the Chennai airport and railway stations.

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in New Delhi that the situation was “unheard of and unprecedented”, and promised all help to the beleaguered city and other areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who spoke to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last night and promised all assistance, held discussions with his cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh (Home), Arun Jaitley (Finance) and M Venkaiah Naidu (Parliamentary Affairs) in the morning to take stock of the situation.

The National Crisis Management Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha reviewed the situation and assured the state of all support from the centre.

People being rescued in boats. PTIPeople being rescued in boats. PTI

People being rescued in boats. PTI

Weather experts forecast more rains

Adding to the worry of the citizens and administration, the weatherman has forecast rainfall over the next three days with the next 48 being very critical under the influence of a trough of low pressure and upper air circulation over the southwest Bay of Bengal and Sri Lankan coast.

Thereafter, the state will see an anti-cyclone activity which will be associated with “heavy rains” at some places. “The phenomenon will continue for the next seven days, but the next 48 hours are very crucial. Neighbouring states will also see rainfall activity,” LS Rathore, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) told reporters in Delhi.

A joint statement by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency said: “Tamil Nadu’s weather is under observation for the next 72 hours as the rain in the next 48 hours is going to be comparatively heavy.”

As widely reported, this is the worst Chennai has seen in a hundred years.

Risk of disease outbreak

While people are hoping for the water to recede and the rains to stop, the worse will come after that. What usually follows floods are waterborne diseases. And the experts had already warned of that when Chennai was flooded during mid-November. But the situation was not even half as bad as it is now.

Director of public health Dr S Elango had told The Times of India, “Stagnant water is much more dangerous than flowing water. If immediate steps are not taken, there may be a spread of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and malaria.”

Given the situation at the moment, removing stagnant water from low lying areas in the city pose as a herculean task for the Jayalalithaa government.

With inputs from PTI and IANS

Chennai floods: Arvind Kejriwal offers assistance to Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

Kejriwal pledged his “fullest support” to people in misery following unprecedented downpur in the southern state that has already claimed several lives.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday offered all resources at the disposal of the Delhi government to Tamil Nadu in providing relief to the flood-affected people of Chennai and its suburbs. In a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa,Kejriwal pledged his “fullest support” to people in misery following unprecedented downpur in the southern state that has already claimed several lives. The Delhi Chief Minister conveyed his deepest sympathies for the loss of life and property saying that his heart goes out to the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of crisis. “I am deeply saddened to learn about the havoc wrecked by incessant rains in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu…I also pledge my fullest support and all resources at my disposal towards any cooperation required by you in your efforts to bring relief to the affected people of your state,” he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chennai today turned a virtual island and several coastal areas of Tamil Nadu were marooned by flood waters after non-stop torrential rains pounded the city, its suburbs and neighbouring districts destroying crucial road and rail links, shutting the airport and rendering thousands homeless.

Chennai floods: Nitish Kumar expresses concern, Tejaswi Yadav to donate 1st pay

Where earlier there used to be less rain, it is now witnessing excessive rain … we all are bothered about this,” he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday expressed anxiety over the incessant rain in Tamil Nadu and attributed the natural disaster to climate change even as his deputy, Tejaswi Yadav, announced donating his first salary to the victims of the floods. Talking to reporters while emerging from state Legislative Assembly, Kumar described the heavy rain in Tamil Nadu as “natural disaster” triggered by climate change. “Where earlier there used to be less rain, it is now witnessing excessive rain … we all are bothered about this,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Today is December 2 but still winter has not arrived in Bihar unlike in the past,” he said, adding it was an indication of change in climate. The Bihar CM said feelings of people of Bihar are with citizens of Tamil Nadu in this hour of crisis in the southern state. Meanwhile, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav announced donating his first month’s salary to victims of rain in Tamil Nadu.While talking to a section of mediapersons, Tejaswi Yadav appealed to other legislators to generously donate for relief of TN rain victims. Chennai today turned a virtual island and several coastal areas of Tamil Nadu were marooned by flood waters after unprecedented rains in 100 years pounded the city, its suburbs and neighbouring districts destroying crucial road and rail links, shutting the airport and rendering thousands homeless. The death toll in the rains that have lashed the city and other parts of state has gone up to 197, officials said.

Chennai floods: Rains will batter Tamil Nadu for a week more, 2 days crucial – IMD

“The phenomenon will continue for the next seven days, but the next 48 hours are very crucial. Neighbouring states will also see rainfall activity,” Rathore said.

Rains will continue to batter Tamil Nadu for the next seven days and the next 48 hours are “very crucial”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said. IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore attributed the heavy rains to a “trough of low” over Southwest Bay of Bengal off Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka coast which will continue to bring rains over the next three days. Thereafter, the state will see an anti-cyclone activity which will be associated with “heavy rains” at some places.”The phenomenon will continue for the next seven days, but the next 48 hours are very crucial. Neighbouring states will also see rainfall activity,” Rathore said. He said the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi chaired a high-level meeting with the “stake holders”, including officials of National Disaster Management Authority, which was attended by Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary through a video conference. The IMD also briefed about the weather forecast.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A warning has also been issued for coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh (especially Nellore and Chittoor), interior Tamil Nadu and Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh. The period October to December is referred to as Northeast Monsoon season over peninsular India. It is a major period of rainfall activity over the southern peninsula, particularly Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. For Tamil Nadu this is the main rainy season accounting for about 48 per cent of the annual rainfall. Coastal districts of the state get nearly 60 per cent of the annual rainfall and the interior districts about 40-50 per cent of the precipitation.However, this season Tamil Nadu alone has witnessed 50 per cent excess rainfall by December 1 itself. “Almost all districts of Tamil Nadu have received excess rainfall ranging from 10 to 150 per cent,” Rathore said.According to the IMD data, Chennai has seen 89 per cent more than normal rainfall this season, while the districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Tirunveliveli received 154 per cent, 139 per cent, 136 per cent and 110 per cent excess precipitation respectively so far.

Chennai floods: CPI demands ‘adequate’ financial support

“Earlier in 2005, we had such heavy rains all over the state and many parts were affected at that point of time. Now this is after 10 years that we have got such heavy rains. Unimaginable damage to the houses, infrastructure and roads has been there. Hundreds of people have already died because of rains and flood,” CPI leader D. Raja said.

CPI asks Centre to extend ‘adequate’ financial support
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The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Wednesday urged the Centre to extend adequate financial support to the rain-hit Tamil Nadu, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the rain-hit Chennai and the affected districts.”Earlier in 2005, we had such heavy rains all over the state and many parts were affected at that point of time. Now this is after 10 years that we have got such heavy rains. Unimaginable damage to the houses, infrastructure and roads has been there. Hundreds of people have already died because of rains and flood,” CPI leader D. Raja said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On behalf of the Left parties, we met the Prime Minister and upraised the damage caused by rains in the state and we have also told him that the financial support announced by the Centre is not adequate. Centre should extend adequate financial support to the state,” he added.He also said that it would be proper if the Prime Minister or the Home Minister pays a visit to Tamil Nadu and make an aerial survey of Chennai and the nearby districts. In the wake of the flood alert that has been issued in parts of Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Modi had earlier spoken to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and assured full support from the government to the state.Prime Minister Modi had earlier instructed the immediate release of financial assistance of nearly Rs 940 crores to deal with the flood situation in rain- battered Tamil Nadu, hours after Jayalalithaa wrote to him for funds to sustain relief work.Tamil Nadu has been affected by the worst ever flood, causing a huge loss to life and property in the entire state, especially in the capital. Many parts of the city and the suburbs have been flooded from the incessant rains that have hit Chennai in the past 24 hours.The flight operations at the Chennai Airport have been closed for the whole day because of the flooded water on the runway. Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were already cancelled yesterday due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram – Tambaram section. The Chennai Corporation had yesterday announced emergency contact numbers for all the regional zones in the city for the people to contact in case of any emergency due to the floods.

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