Army deployed in Tamil Nadu as torrential rains kill more than 70

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2015 16:23 IST

Train in Chennai and across Tamil Nadu were held up or delayed after incessant rainfall continued on Tuesday, inundating parts of the state capital.

At least 71 people have died in the past week in the state, which has been hit by its worst winter deluge that has submerged several districts.

Travellers were disturbed and unhappy after trains were cancelled by the Southern Railways on Tuesday.

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“Roads are damaged due to rainfall and that is why train services have also been affected. People are very disturbed,” a disgruntled passenger told ANI.

“We had planned to go to the Tirupati but unfortunately the train has been cancelled. The Southern Railways has cancelled many trains,” said another passenger.

Rescue workers carry an elderly woman to safety at a residential area that was water-logged following heavy rains in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (AP Photo)

NDRF and IAF rescue operations

More than 1400 people have been rescued by the National Disaster Response Force across Tamil Nadu, said NDRF director general OP Singh, adding that 12 teams have been deployed in areas with flood-like situation.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu said more than 5,300 people have been rescued, while dozens of relief camps have been set up and thousands of food packets are being distributed.

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The Indian Air Force airlifted 22 people, including 12 infants, from rainwater-inundated parts of Chennai on Monday. The army was also now involved in the evacuation process.

Boats on roads

The extreme conditions forced the people to resort to boats as means of transport.

Schools and colleges were shut down in parts of Tamil Nadu as heavy rains set off by the northeast monsoon battered the southern state and seaside areas in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Rescue workers on a boat move people to safety at a residential area, in Chennai. (AP Photo)

The director of Regional Metrological Department SR Ramanan had earlier said heavy rains will continue for the next three days in Tamil Nadu as the cyclone currently rests near Sri Lanka.

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa reviewed the situation in her rain-battered RK Nagar constituency in Chennai and announced Rs 500 crore for relief and rehabilitation for the state while she asked authorities to speed up rescue efforts.

(With inputs from ANI)

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