Flood re­lief oper­a­tions un­der­taken by In­dian Navy at Chennai


The well marked low pres­sure area in the south-west Bay of Ben­gal has led to in­ces­sant rains, pri­mar­ily af­fect­ing north­ern coast of Tamil Nadu and ad­join­ing hin­ter­land. The city of Chennai too has been ad­versely af­fected. Large-scale flood­ing of res­i­den­tial and gen­eral ar­eas has se­verely af­fected the lives of peo­ple of Chennai.

Upon the re­quest of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion, the In­dian Navy’s well equipped team com­pris­ing of divers, swim­mers, two in­flat­able Gem­ini crafts, div­ing and as­so­ci­ated res­cue gear and life jack­ets has al­ready been de­ployed for flood re­lief and res­cue oper­a­tions. The team was po­si­tioned at mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fice at Tam­baram on Novem­ber 16 for de­ploy­ment in af­fected ar­eas un­der the over­all guidance of Dr Ra­jara­man, Sec­re­tary Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu.

On Novem­ber 17 the flood re­lief and res­cue team had been moved to Vadakal vil­lage at Chen­gal­pattu. The team is work­ing in close con­sul­ta­tion with RDO Tam­baram and BDO Vadakal in res­cu­ing stranded vil­lagers and mov­ing them to places of safety.

In ad­di­tion, naval he­li­copter at naval base INS Ra­jali in Arakkonam too has been put on standby for util­i­sa­tion by the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The In­dian Air Force he­li­copters also re­sponded to the task of car­ry­ing out res­cue and re­lief oper­a­tions in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Sur­plus wa­ter from lakes and nearby tanks had en­tered res­i­den­tial ar­eas ef­fect­ing more than 5,000 fam­i­lies. Af­ter evac­u­a­tion of peo­ple, re­lief ma­te­rial con­tain­ing food and drink­ing wa­ter was air­dropped in the af­fected ar­eas.

Re­lief and res­cue oper­a­tions un­der­taken by the In­dian Navy and In­dian Air Force in flood-hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

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