CHENNAI: Following complaints of Shenoy Nagar residents finding it difficult to get into relief camps, corporation officials acted swiftly and moved the flood victims to a nearby camp.
Residents said they were sleeping in autos and lorries parked along the Arumbakkam Road till Thursday night and the officials and local volunteers helped them to move into a camp at the Siddha Central Research Institute and Hospital on Friday. In all, the corporation claims to have provided more than 1.3 lakh food packets in 114 camps across the city.
According to a senior Corporation official, with very little fresh rains and water levels in Adyar and Cooum rivers coming down, relief operations were carried out in full swing. Food was prepared in 252 Amma canteens and four community centres during the last two weeks. Drinking water, bed sheets and medical facilities were made available for all flood victims put up at the corporation relief camps, he added.
In addition to this, food materials which were donated by NGOs and volunteers from various parts of the country were distributed after being inspected. Further, the Indian Coast Guard and Army distributed food packets, water bottles through boats to people who remained stranded in their houses in low-lying inundated areas.
Many in Kotturpuram, Madipakkam and Ram Nagar have returned to their homes from the relief camps as water has drained. But, they are not able to prepare food with power supply not yet restored. Volunteers with the help of local authorities have started door-wise distribution of biscuit packets, food and water.