After days of showers, State largely rainless
Chennai: Tamil Nadu heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday with some respite from the rain gods. The State’s rain sick districts saw a day of relative peace, with most receiving none or very negligible rainfall as of 5.30 pm. Chennai was given a much needed day to lick its wounds and get ready to move along. The respite also gave a chance for rescue operations in Tambaram and relief operations in a few still inundated areas of the city to continue unaffected. As for the forecast for the next few days, Tamil Nadu will be luckier than it has been over the last week or so, said the Regional Meteorological Department. The ‘well marked’ low pressure formation that has made its own, deep, mark all along the coast of Tamil Nadu now lies over south Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu coast. The moving away of the system means that TN’s districts will continue to see no rainfall over the coming days. A few isolated showers might hit a few places and Tiruvallur district might see heavy showers.
Jaya’s Rs4L solatium to KIn of eight rain victims
Chennai: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs4 lakh each to the families of eight persons who died in rain-related incidents in Villupuram, Vellore and Kancheepuram districts. She also conveyed her condolences to the bereaved families.
Rs1 Cr for Flood Relief,Announces DMK Chief
Chennai: DMK leader M Karunanidhi on Tuesday announced that the party will give Rs1 crore for flood relief and asked his partymen to collect more funds from the rich for flood relief. He also asked the government to form committees with members from all the parties at the district-level to provide flood relief. He also asked the Centre to provide funds from the Centre’s Disaster Relief Funds. CPI State secretary R Mutharasan demanded speedy relief for the affected people and provide relief measures without partiality. Supervisory committees comprising members of all the parties should be formed so that relief measures were done without corruption and other irregularities. The State government should provide a report to the Centre on the flood damage and take steps to get funds. The Centre should provide the funds sought by the state. PMK founder S Ramadoss demanded that Rs5,000 be given to each of the affected families since they had lost their livelihood.
Floods from lake water engulf children’s home
Chennai: A home for under privileged children was engulfed by floods after the surplus from Chembarambakkam lake was let out into the Adyar river. This home was also the hostel for students studying in Thiruvalluvar Gurukulam Government Aided Middle School, Aathma Nagar. As water started rising, around 105 children aged between 5 to 14 were moved to a nearby relief camp late on Monday night with the help of volunteers. Deepa, a Class III student said she had to sleep bearing the cold as her only mat was washed away.