K.Balaraman , the Corporation Assistant Commissioner spoke about the relief camps set up by Zone 13 at Saidapet, Kamaraj Avenue, Guindy and Indira Nagar. He said that an average of 8000 people were fed three times a day, in all its 21 centres since Nov.30.
A common kitchen was set up at Thiruvanmiyur to disburse food to various areas. He also acknowledged with gratitude the assistance given by 577 Corporation staff from other districts like Coimbatore.
Aavin did a commendable job of prompt distribution of milk packets during the torrential rain. However on Dec. 3 trucks could not negotiate the flooded roads to the city and milk sachets could not be delivered.
A senior official at Aavin announced that the cost of the packet will be adjusted during the subsequent payments. Those who have lost their cards in the flood can also make a request in the booths in their area.
Government of India has announced a special scheme for reissue of passports damaged by the recent floods. The scheme will be valid for two months starting from Dec.8. Passport fee of Rs.3000 is waived for this period. Application in plain paper and the damaged passport can be produced in person at the Regional Passport office at Rayala Towers, Anna Salai. Toll free number 18002581800.
State Government announced its Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) for domestic consumers of electricity in districts affected by flood and rain. Residents need not pay their power bills this month and can do so by January 31, 2016 and no penalty will be levied for delay.
An Assistant Engineer of the department says that those who have lost the service cards can get a new one by submitting a letter to the local office giving the card account number. Meters which have been submerged will also be replaced.
An engineer at Metrowater promises that they will be able to restore normalcy within the week.
“We have faced 23 days of incessant rain. The ground has crossed its saturation point and there is no way out for the water. We have deployed 60 vehicles – lorries, trucks, JCB’s, desilters etc. in zone 13. Water stagnation is the main hurdle we are facing in clearing sewage blocks. Once water drains out, it is easy to identify the blocks and set things right. We could not find a place to divert the stagnated water. The rivers are already swollen.” People should not choke the drains with plastic and other waste”.
Torrential rain in Chennai from Dec.1 paralysed the city and rendered several thousands homeless. Rainfall in the city was recorded as the highest in a hundred years. Devastation reached a crescendo on Wednesday, Dec.2 when Adyar plunged into darkness with power being cut off for safety reasons.
An official at 11/33 KV Electrical Substation at Taramani spoke to our reporter about the problems faced by the department.“The Substation was flooded on Dec.1. Things took a turn for the worse after the continuous downpour on Dec.2. Water was pumped out using several motors. The problem of where to drain out the water was the paramount issue, because all the surrounding areas were already flooded. We had to identify a safe outlet before embarking on the process of draining out water. Thankfully, by Dec.4 power was restored in Gandhi Nagar, Padmanabha Nagar and LB Road. Other stations received power in stages.”
Asked about the practical difficulties they faced, he said communication was the main issue. Other stations could not be reached since the walkie-talkie was not functioning. Coordination with other stations was required for many aspects and we had to personally visit the place for every decision, he said.
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