Chennai Floods

Tamil Nadu rains: Jayalalithaa announces relief package; Chennai rail, air services are resumed

The chief minister said that the situation in the flood-affected state was fast improving and assured that the relief material will be distributed within a few days.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a comprehensive relief package for the flood-affected people of the state, PTI reported. According to an official press release, those who lost their huts will be provided Rs 10,000 as monetary aid, 10 kilograms of rice, a dhoti and a saree, as well as permanent houses. As many as 10,000 tenements will be allotted in Chennai.

Other families hit by the deluge will be given cash assistance of Rs 5,000, 10 kilograms of rice, a dhoti and a saree. The chief minister said that the situation in the flood-affected state was fast improving. She assured that the relief material and money will be distributed within a few days, once a list of affected families was made.

With rain waters having receded, train and air services resumed in Chennai on Monday. The city airport's director, Deepak Shastri, confirmed that the facility was now fully functional. A total of 35 flights operated till around 5 pm, although international services have yet to commence full-fledged operations. A Southern Railway spokesperson told PTI that all trains, particularly to Chennai and its surrounding areas, began operating in full swing from Monday.

Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallore remained closed following the weather office's forecast on Sunday of more rain. Private sector offices were either partially closed or its employees were asked to work from home. Milk supply was being restored, while mobile and landline services continued to face glitches.

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