Stalin said the state's financial assistance of ₹5,000 (US$70) for each displaced family "would not be of much help to the people. We just prayed that this should not be a repeat of the Cyclone Vardah or Chennai floods,” Sasi said. By then, more than 1.1 million (1,100,000) people had been evacuated to safer places and thousands more temporarily housed in relief camps across the city and adjoining districts. 10 cr. Winds were estimated at 65 mph (105 km/h) during landfall. [173], Skype announced that it would offer free international calls to landlines and mobiles in Tamil Nadu for "the next few days", starting 3 December 2015. CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, "Northeast monsoon claimed 470 lives in Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa", "How Many Lives Have Been Lost in Tamil Nadu Floods? It was estimated by 18 November that at least 500 km of roads had been damaged by flooding, with the Chennai-Kolkata highway damaged the previous day and stranding hundreds of vehicles and motorists; officials said it would take days to restore the link. For those living along the banks of the Adyar, Cooum River and the Buckingham Canal and who had lost homes, the Chief Minister ordered an immediate allocation of 10,000 tenements in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam and Perumbakkam, which had been built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. [190] Telugu actors, including Ravi Teja, N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Prabhas, and Rana Daggubati donated a further ₹3 million (US$42,060),[191] Actress Shriya Saran donated medical supplies to the affected regions in Chennai while also giving means for anyone to contribute supplies through her foundation Shree Spandana. [201] Amongst several tribute songs, actor Vikram produced and directed a song titled "Spirit of Chennai" featuring several South Indian film actors and singers. The project would include work to strengthen bunds, install flood warning systems and repair sluice gates; it was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, at a cost of ₹130 million (US$2 million). [94], Several Indian IT giants like Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro also informed their stake holders about an expected material impact on its third-quarter earnings due to the floods and then to the low volume revenue during Christmas and New Year holidays in the west. In the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that Singh would chair a high-level meeting to deliver relief to the people of Tamil Nadu. [34] For the first time since its founding in 1878, the major newspaper The Hindu did not publish a print edition on 2 December, as workers were unable to reach the press building. "[55] Aon Benfield, a major UK-based reinsurance broker, classified the floods as the costliest to have occurred in 2015, and the eight-costliest natural disaster of the year. [115] On 4 December, the Coimbatore City Corporation sent ₹500,000 (US$7,000) of relief supplies to Chennai, including 2,000 blankets, 1,000 towels, 2,000 baby napkins, 2,000 sanitary napkins, 4,000 candles, 2,000 matches, 21,000 biscuit packets, 6,000 health drink bottles, 6,000 toothpaste and brush sets and a few other items. The initiatives would be synergised with the Smart Cities Programme and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme. [87] Over 1.1 million (1,100,000) people were rescued in the Chennai region by the time rainfall ceased. [87] Popular television networks, namely Puthiya Thalaimurai, Jaya TV and Mega TV halted services following flood-related technical difficulties. It was a nightmare until we got the electricity back after midnight,” he said. Heavy rain beginning on the evening of 4 December flooded parts of Puducherry, continuing through the following morning. "All families holding ration cards would be handed relief, and each of 310,000 families would be handed ₹4,000 (US$56)" and it would cost more to the exchequer the Honorable Chief Minister Rangasamy said. [127], Coverage of the flooding in national media outlets was muted, leading to widespread anger on social media. [28] By the evening of 2 December, over 4,500 people had been evacuated to 24 relief camps in Chennai district, with a further 23,000 people in 99 relief camps in Kancheepuram district and nearly 2,000 others in 25 camps in Tiruvallur district. At a subsequent press conference, Tamil Nadu Power Minister Natham Viswanathan and chief secretary Gnanadesikan claimed that relief and rescue work were in full swing and "extraordinary". Kanchipuram Collector R.Gajalakshmi told reporters later that a total of 7,294 persons were rescued from inundated areas and accommodated in 26 shelters opened by the civic body. [172] Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu visited and distributed relief materials to the flood victims at Tambaram. The government also reported 1,544 hectares of sugarcane fields under cultivation had been damaged, along with 297.73 hectares of plantains, 231.9 hectares of tapioca and related tubers, 168.10 hectares of vegetable fields and eight hectares under betel-leaf cultivation. He concluded that it was "time for Parliament to convey to [the] people that [they should] be confident". Water entered several houses in low-lying areas, while three houses collapsed in Uppalam. [21] In addition, unplanned and often illegal urban development has led to many wetlands and natural sinks being built over; this, along with ageing civic infrastructure and poorly designed drainage systems, has resulted in an increased frequency of severe flooding.[20]. The Chennai Regional Meteorological Centre has warned that a storm will attack the state of Tamil Nadu on 25th November! [28] At the MIOT Hospital, 14 patients died after power and oxygen supplies failed. [124] In Chittoor district, 8,455 affected households were given a total of ₹42.9 million (US$600,000) in compensation, while 10,797 people were sheltering in rehabilitation camps. Chennai residents are not unfamiliar with floods — on Nov. 9 and 10, 2015, the city was inundated after being lashed with heavy rain of 488 mm (19 inches), often described as a “once in a century” event. [14] On 5 December, a senior state revenue official said the state's official estimates of flood-related losses in November alone exceeded ₹98 billion (US$1 billion); he added the catastrophic flooding thus far in December could escalate total losses to well over ₹1,000 billion (US$14 billion). [104] The Chennai City Police mobilised over 10,000 police officers and trained swimmers, deploying drones across the city to locate upwards of 200 people, who were all rescued. At least three people were killed after heavy rains flooded the streets and knocked down trees in Chennai as Cyclone Nirav made landfall in the state of Tamil Nadu. He claimed people in even the worst-affected localities had refused to leave their homes and had accepted only food relief from official agencies. [55] It was reported by The Hindu that an average flood-affected person would require a minimum of ₹30,000 (US$421) to be adequately compensated for losses. The NDRF, the Coast Guard and the three other branches of the Indian Armed Forces resumed the evacuation of stranded people. [87], During the floods in December, the administration in Puducherry evacuated over 1,000 people to relief centres and distributed over 200,000 food packets to affected citizens. [26][27] The flooding in Chennai city was described as the worst in a century. aid for Chennai flood victims", "Tripura government to donate Rs. Waterlogging has also been reported in parts of the city following overnight rainfall due to the cyclonic storm. [51] Rains continued through 9 December. Anbumani Ramadoss, Lok Sabha MP from the Pattali Makkal Katchi demanded an immediate ₹5,000 (US$70) be disbursed to families that had lost their livelihoods because of the flooding. 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