05 December, Chennai
In Chennai, normalcy comes back at fast pace in most parts, as the sky is clear, and there is bright sunshine except for the occasional light showers at isolated locations.
Telecommunication and train services have been partially restored, besides many roads have also become fairly motorable. However, some low-lying areas like Velacherry, West Saidapet, Jafferkhanpet and Madipakkam still lie under waist-deep water.
Naval vessels INS Shakti and INS Shyadhri arrived Chennai port with fresh loads of relief materials and offers of help also pour in from throughout the country to the rain-hit state. The central and state rescue teams are continuously engaged in relief operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Two Lakh rupees each to the families of those who lost their lives due to flood in Tamil Nadu.
An official release says, he has sanctioned 50,000 rupees each to those who are seriously injured due to the nature’s fury. The amount is to be released from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. The official death toll due to flood in the state so far is put at 269.
Weather forecast for the city says there would be intermittent showers for the next three days though the central and southern coastal districts and southern interior regions would experience widespread heavy rain.