Despite working for over 12 hours a day, conservancy workers allege they have not been given additional compensation or food.
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar expressed concern over the structural stability of the marooned houses and office buildings.
The heroes, always in the grip of penury during rainy seasons, shared their stories of financial woes. They were apparently promised a compensation of Rs 3,000 per boat for a day, but got just 1K.
Chief Minister M K Stalin also announced Rs 5 lakh each to the families of victims who died in rain-related incidents; Rs 8,000 each for damaged huts; Rs 17,000 per hectare for farmers.
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Petrol bunk staff S Naresh's body was retrieved on Friday morning while Greentech assistant engineer Jayaseelan's body was retrieved in the afternoon.
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Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made an aerial survey of four districts to assess the damages caused by the heavy rains caused by cyclonic storm Michaung.
Personnel from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard have also joined rescue efforts.
In several areas across Chennai, residents rented motors to drain stagnant water out; over 300 houses in Thoraipakkam still under waist-deep water
Several petrol pumps, restaurants and grocery shops have started accepting UPI payments as network and power have been partially restored in the city after a complete shut down for the past two days.
The CM also sought to depute a central team to assess the damage.
CM Stalin visited some of the affected areas and distributed food and essential commodities to people at a relief centre. He wrote to the Centre seeking an interim flood relief Rs 5,060 crore.
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena told reporters in Chennai that there were 42,747 cell phone towers in the city of which 70 per cent were currently operational.
Personnel are engaged in rescuing stranded people using fishing boats and farm tractors.
The state government has asked the authorities about the availability of ready-made items including rice-dals-vegetables and their quality to arrange food for those staying in the relief camps.
The heavy rains have forced Chennai Airport to close down its airfield from 9.17am to 9am on December 5.
Water has entered residential buildings and low-lying houses. Elderly people have been evacuated on boats by the relief workers on the field.
“We have given them the phone numbers to inform us if they sight any crocodiles,” said Prasanth, Wildlife Warden, Chennai.
Earlier, five flights departing from Chennai were canceled and 23 flights diverted. Two arrivals were also canceled, according to Chennai airport sources.
However, inquiries revealed that photo was clicked during the monsoon season last year, and was originally posted by G M Karthigai Selvam, who goes under the username @kselvam_bjp,” they said.
Some reports said Perungudi recorded 27 cm of rainfall though the meterological centre did not confirm this.