Terming the situation in flood-hit Chennai as “very alarming”, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will extend all possible assistance to the state governments in dealing with natural calamities.
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that Chennai has become an island as it has been cut off from all national and state highways,” he said, responding to a discussion on the flood situation in Tamil Nadu, Pudducherry and Andhra Pradesh.
Sharing concern of members on the magnitude of the calamity, he said the megapolis was witnessing an unprecedented emergency situation with unrelenting rains which was a record in the last 100 years.
He said in the 24 hours ending 8.30 AM of December 2, Chennai received 330 mm of rain when the fact is that in the whole of December it generally gets 250 mm.
As many as 269 people have died in Tamil Nadu due to the torrential rains, while two in Pudducherry and 54 in Andhra Pradesh.
Detailing the help being provided by the government for the rescue and relief operation, the Home Minister said 12 boats of Navy along with 155 personnel have also been pressed into service.