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Chennai floods: Airport shuts down due to overflowing of water

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Chennai: All international and domestic flights to and from Chennai have been cancelled and the Chennai International Airport at Meenambakkam has been shut till 12 noon on December 6, the civil aviation ministry announced on Wednesday.

As many as 12 domestic and 12 international arrivals were diverted on Wednesday and 34 aircraft were stranded at Chennai airport, said an official statement.

According to the ministry, only one international flight arrival was cleared owing to a medical emergency.

The unprecedented torrential downpour forced all navigational aids within the airfield to be switched off due to waterlogging, leaving only the secondary surveillance radar available.

By 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the entire operational area of Chennai airport was submerged under seven feet of rain water.

However, air traffic services for the overflying traffic were not affected.

Arrangements were made to transport 90 passengers by buses to Bengaluru and 200 more to Chennai.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) established emergency contact numbers: +91 44 22563100 and +91 8056220066 for assistance.

Meanwhile, budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Chennai following the ongoing deluge as operations at the city’s waterlogged airport had been suspended till further orders.

We are closely monitoring the situation in Chennai. All our operations at Chennai Airport have been suspended till further instructions as the airport is waterlogged and the tarmac is submerged in one and a half feet of water,

“Refunds have also been offered to cancelled flights and alternatives have been offered where ever possible,” G.P. Gupta, chief administrative officer of SpiceJet, said in the statement.

On Tuesday, low-cost carrier IndiGo said all flights operating out of Chennai were temporarily cancelled following the closure of the airport.

IndiGo assures all passengers will receive 100 percent refund against the flight cancellations made on grounds of weather conditions, and cancellation and change fee will be waived off for affected passengers till further notice,

“All employees have been accommodated at safe locations,” it added. The unprecedented rains, the worst in 100 years, have battered Tamil Nadu’s northern districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Cuddalore.

(Inputs from IANS)

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CM Jayalalithaa seeks Rs 25,912 crore as flood relief

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the state requires Rs.25,912 crore towards flood relief measures and an immediate release of Rs.2,000 crore.

In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, Jayalalithaa said the supplementary memorandum reflects the damage caused during the fourth spell of rainfall and the consequent floods in the first week of December.

“Tamil Nadu immediately needs an additional sum of Rs.17,431.51 crore for temporary and permanent restoration,” Jayalalithaa said.

Including the earlier request of Rs.8,481 crore towards relief and restoration of flood-affected areas, the total amount of central funds the state needs was around Rs.25,912 crore.

Stressing the state government’s commitment to rebuilding the infrastructure and reducing people’s distress, Jayalalithaa said the costs were huge and difficult for the state government to meet, after the loss of tax revenue due to the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

Pointing out that the floods in Tamil Nadu have already been declared a “calamity of severe nature”, Jayalalithaa requested Modi to instruct the union home ministry and other concerned ministries to consider the state’s two memoranda for an assistance of Rs.25,912 crore.

She urged Modi for an immediate release of Rs.2,000 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund.

Heavy rains — the worst in a century — battered Chennai and adjoining Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts in the past month resulting in unprecedented floods. Nearly 390 people lost their lives due to the rains.

On November 23, Jayalalithaa sent a memorandum to Modi asking for central funding of Rs.8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate relief of Rs.2,000 crore.

Subsequently, a central government team surveyed the flood destruction.

Even after the team’s visit, heavy rains continued to hit the four districts.

During Modi’s recent visit, he announced a relief of Rs.1,000 crore in addition to the earlier Rs.940 crore.

According to Jayalalithaa, the Rs.940 crore included Rs.133.79 crore of arrears from 2014-15 towards the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs.254.62 crore towards the second instalment of SDRF for current fiscal.(IANS)

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Jayalalithaa urges Center to sanction Rs 10,250 crore for flood victims

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the central government to sanction Rs 10,250 crore towards rehabilitation of the flood affected in the state.

Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu met the CM at the state secretariat.

At the meeting, Jayalalithaa highlighted certain critical areas with which the Naidu’s ministry is directly connected in the rehabilitation of the flood victims, a government release said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Naidu said the central government would provide the necessary support to the state while stressing that encroachments along the riverbanks have to be removed.

Jayalalithaa told Naidu that about 50,000 families living along the banks of the city’s waterways were affected by the floods and they have to be provided alternate accommodation.

According to her, the total expenditure will be around Rs 5,000 crore, and requested Naidu to provide financial aid as special grant for a massive housing project considering the magnitude of the devastation.

Jayalalithaa also sought a special package of Rs 750 crore to build a further 50,000 tenements for families living in slums in Chennai Metropolitan Area who lost their huts in the heavy rains.

Citing the extensive damage to roads, drinking water, sewerage and storm water drainage systems, Jayalalithaa urged the urban development ministry to grant a special package of Rs 4,500 crore for the flood affected urban local bodies in Tamil Nadu.

On November 23, Jayalalithaa sent a memorandum to Modi asking for central funding of Rs 8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate relief of Rs 2,000 crore.

Subsequently, a central government official team surveyed the flood damage.

Even after the team’s visit, heavy rains – the worst in a century – battered Chennai and Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur districts resulting in unprecedented floods.

The rains and floods killed 347 people since October 1, and 17.64 lakh people were rescued and housed in relief centers.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here, he announced a relief of Rs 1,000 crore in addition to the earlier Rs 940 crore.

According to Jayalalithaa, the Rs 940 crore included Rs 133.79 crore of arrears from 2014-15 towards the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs 254.62 crore towards the second installment of SDRF for the current fiscal. (IANS)

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Lybrate offers free doctor consultations in flood-hit Chennai

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Chennai: Online doctor consultation platform Lybrate announced on Friday it will offer a free consultation to Chennai residents affected by floods for two months.

In a statement, the company said it has set up a toll-free helpline 1800-300-20672 on which people can get the free consultation from doctors.

People from Chennai and adjoining areas can also consult doctors for free from the pool of 90,000 doctors available on the Lybrate platform (mobile app and the web) using code CHENNAIRELIEF.

“We are offering free doctor consultation to the people of the city and adjoining areas to ensure they can take help from healthcare experts in the most convenient manner,” Lybrate CEO Saurabh Arora was quoted as saying in the statement.

The helpline will run for nine hours, starting at 9 a.m. and would be available for six days from Monday to Saturday for the next two months, the company said.

Chennai faced the worst flood in 100 years which claimed the lives of more than 150 lives. Thousands of people suffered financial loss in the recent floods. A lot of companies provided the help to those who needed in different manners.

This program from Lybrate  is another such example where the victims of this natural disaster have been provided the help.

Medical help is a huge need of the hour for the flood victims.

(IANS)