Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday expressed her anguish at the suffering of the flood-affected people but assured she was with them always.
Do not worry. This is your government. I am for you and I am always with you.
She said the rescue, relief and rehabilitation work was being done on a war footing manner. Jayalalithaa said she was bearing the people’s burden.
I don’t have a life of my own. I don’t have any relatives. I am not selfish. For me everything is you.
Heavy rains – the worst in a century – battered Chennai, as well as adjoining Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts for the past month resulting in unprecedented floods.
According to official estimates, the death toll due to the rains and floods stands around 390.
The government was blamed by various parties for releasing water from the lake at night on December 1 into the Adyar river, resulting in flooding of several residential localities catching the residents unaware.
Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan said in a statement that the floods were caused primarily due to the very high rainfall in November, which was followed by more rains in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts on December 1. (IANS)