The Hindu

150 rescued by boats in Perungalat­hur

- T. MADHAVAN

CHENNAI: On Saturday, using inflatable rescue boats, 15 Fire and Rescue Services personnel led by officers N. Sakthivel and R. Suryapraka­sh ferried at least 150 people from various residentia­l areas under Perungalat­hur town panchayat, where there was waist-high water.

The officers had a word of caution for residents, which they spread through a public address system. As a result, many people vacated their homes. A few of them were franticall­y calling fire control room number ‘101.’

The Public Works Department officials said the inundation was the result of 39 lakes in the upper limits overflowin­g. They were closely monitoring the water levels in lakes and sounded an alarm for residents, asking them to keep away from the flushing waters.

Surplus water from Manimangal­am and Mannivakka­m lakes marooned the residentia­l areas.

CTO Colony Third Street and Haritha Enclave in West Tambaram, Sasivaradh­an Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Muthu Karumari Nagar, Krishna Nagar in Perungalat­hur and Varadharja­puram near Mudichur became ‘islands.’

Over 500 residents of Samathuva Periyar Nagar were provided shelter at a school and food packets were supplied to them. Another ‘shelter’ was arranged at the government school on Kamarajar Nedunchala­i, said executive officer of Perungalat­hur town panchayat, M. Kesavan.

Officials of revenue administra­tion and the Directorat­e of Town Panchayat visited the flood-hit areas in and around Tambaram and Chitlapakk­am, to assess the disaster management work that was being carried out by various government department­s.

 ??  ?? Fire and Rescue Services personnel evacuating a family in Old Perungalat­hur —
Fire and Rescue Services personnel evacuating a family in Old Perungalat­hur —

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