Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday promised to assist Tamil Nadu with flood relief and rehabilitation works, ANI reported.
After attending the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil daily Dina Thanthi, the prime minister visited Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi at his house in Chennai’s Gopalapuram area around 12.30 pm.
After arriving in the city, the prime minister discussed with Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam the current situation in the city and other parts of Tamil Nadu, which have been lashed by heavy rains over the past week, ANI reported.
The intensity of the rainfall in Chennai, however, has reduced, with only 9 mm of rainfall being recorded in the city in the past 24 hours, SkymetWeather reported. The city received about 5 mm between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm on Monday.
With more rain expected, the state government decided to keep the schools in the districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai closed on Monday.
On Sunday, Palaniswami inspected various relief works across Chennai and admitted that 115 areas still remain waterlogged, The Hindu reported. He said the government had taken immediate steps to remove stagnant water, and said authorities would take up long-term projects to prevent flooding in the future.