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The Hindu newspaper not published for first time due to Chennai floods

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Chennai: For the first time in the last 137 years, The Hindu newspaper was not printed on Wednesday.

The Hindu was started in Chennai (then Madras) in 1878. Since its inception it had never missed printing the daily newspaper.

But heavy rains and flooding in Chennai and surrounding areas prevented the workers from reaching its press located 30 km from the city in Maraimalainagar. As a result, the Wednesday issue was not printed.

The rains have caused havoc in the Chennai and surrounding districts. Army personnel have been deployed in the affected areas for rescuing thousands of stranded people.

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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)