The Army and Air Force have been deployed for rescuing stranded citizens in Kancheepuram district, where torrential rains have left residents marooned, even as rain water inundated a large part of suburban Tambaram locality in Chennai.
Defence Spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted this image:
Indian Coast Guard ( #ICG ) steps in for rescue and relief operations in flood ravaged Tamilnadu. pic.twitter.com/zfSUqTsm2p— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) November 17, 2015
There have been no fresh rains in the city on Tuesday. However, personnel from the Madras four Regiment of the Indian Army have been pressed into service at Mudichur in Kacheepuram on the request of the district administration even as Air Force has conducted sorties to rescue citizens, officials said.
Surplus water from lakes and tanks at Mudichur entered the suburban Tambaram locality, inundating a large part, officials said, adding, personnel from Army and IAF were now assisting the district administration in the rescue efforts.
IAF helicopters from the Air Force station at Tambaram carried out six sorties and evacuated 22 persons last night they said, adding, food packets and water were air dropped.
2 columns of Army teams deployed 4 relief and rescue op in flood affected areas of Chennai and Kanchipuram Dists. pic.twitter.com/r232g5pj3T— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) November 17, 2015
The army was also now involved in the evacuation process, they added.
As many as 71 deaths have been reported in various rain-related incidents, including electrocution and drowning, till Monday night.
(with inputs from PTI)