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Tamil Nadu

Govt. extends last date for payment of Central Excise, Service Tax in TN

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In view of the severe floods which affected Chennai and nearby areas in Tamil Nadu last week, the Government has extended the last date for payment of Central Excise duty and Service Tax for November 2015 to December 20.
 
The date of filing of Central Excise return for the month of November 2015 has been extended to December 31, an official press release said.
 
The notifications to give effect to these changes will be issued shortly, it added.
 
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Domestic passenger flights to resume from Chennai airport on Sunday

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The Chennai airport, which was closed on December 1 night in the wake of the unprecedented floods in the city and surrounding districts, has been made available for day-time all-weather operations for  domestic commercial flights from 6 am today.
 
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will review the situation for night operations today, an official press release said.
 
Yesterday, four ferry flights that were parked at the airport departed for Delhi, Mumbai and Port Blair yesterday while one cargo flight Singcargo B747 departed for Singapore via Bangalore. 
 
In addition, four more flights departed from Chennai upto 1700 hrs yesterday.
 
The airport had been, on December 4, made available for limited day-time operations under visual meteorological conditions for technical ferries and relief flights.
 
The authorities had, on Wednesday, decided to shut down the airport till noon on December 6 because of the incessant rains and the flooding of the area in and around the airport.
 
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The airport had been shut down around 8 pm on Tuesday when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet.
 
By next morning, the situation had deteriorated severely, leading to submergence of the entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water. 
 
The navigational aids within the airfield were switched off due to heavy water logging. However, the Secondary Surveillance Radar is available and the Air Traffic Services to Overflying traffic were not affected.
 
Meanwhile, the Government had started using INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, for relief flights as well as commercial flights on a temporary basis to clear the large number of passengers who were stranded at the Chennai airport and elsewhere in the city.
 
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Southern Railway cancels several trains due to operational reasons

 
Train services resume from Chennai Central
 
As train services resumed to and from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations today after the floods of last week, the Southern Railway has announced the cancellation of several trains for the day due to operational reasons.
 
According to a press release from Southern Railway, the following are the trains cancelled today:
 
Trains cancelled from Chennai Central 
1.  12433 Chennai-H.Nizamuddin Rajdhani (Bi-weekly) Exp
2.  16057 Chennai Central -Tirupathi Saptagiri Exp
3.  12243 Chennai- Coimbatore  Shatabdi Express
4.   22625 Chennai-Bangalore AC Double Decker Exp
5.   22637 Chennai-Mangalore West Coast Express
6.  11042  Chennai-Mumbai CST Express
7.  16053  Chennai-Tirupathi Express
8.   12697 Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram(Weekly) Express
9.  12695  Chennai –Thiruvananthapuram Express
10. 16203 Chennai-Tirupati Express
11. 12967 Chennai-Jaipur Express (Bi-weekly)
12. 19419 Chennai-Ahmedabad(Bi-weekly) Express
13. 12601 Chennai-Mangalore Mail
14. 22639 Chennai –Alappuzha  Express
15. 22651 Chennai – Palani Express
16. 12673 Chennai - Coimbatore Cheran Express
17. 22649 Chennai-  Erode  Yercaud Express
18. 11028 Chennai- Mumbai CST Mail
19. 12840 Chennai- Howrah Mail
20. 12657 Chennai - Bangalore Mail
 
Trains Cancelled from Chennai Egmore
1.  17643 Chennai Egmore-Kakinada Circar Express
2.  11063 Chennai Egmore-Salem  Express
3.  17651 Chennai Egmore - Kacheguda Exp
4.  22623 Chennai Egmore - Madurai Exp Bi weekly
5. 16853 Chennai Egmore -Tiruchchirappalli Express
6.  16175 Chennai Egmore - Karaikkal Exp
 
Trains Cancelled from other stations
1.  12690 Nagercoil- Chennai Central  Exp (Weekly)
2.  18495 Rameswaram - Bhubaneswar Exp
3.  22652 Palani - Chennai Central Exp
4.  16128 Guruvayur - Chennai Egmore exp
 
Trains Cancelled from Mangalore
5.  16860 Mangalore - Chennai Egmore Express
6.  12686 Mangalore - Chennai Central SF.Exp
 
Train Cancelled from From Tirupathi
7.  16204 Tirupathi - Chennai Central Exp
 
Trains cancelled from Kerala
1. 12624 Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai Central Mail 
2. 16724 Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express 
3.  22640 Alappuzha – Chennai Central Express 
 
Other trains
1.  22808 Chennai Central – Santragachi AC Express
2.  16090  Jolarpettai – Chennai Central Express
3.  16089  Chennai Central – Jolarpettai Express
 
Partial Cancellation of Train Service
1.   12675 Chennai Central -  Coimbatore Kovai Exp  on 06.12.2015 partially cancelled between Chennai Central and Tiruvallur. This train will leave from Tiruvallur at 06.50 hrs on 06.12.2015.
 
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Modi sanctions ex-gratia relief from PM’s National Relief Fund for TN flood victims

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each, from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, for the next-of-kin of those who lost their lives in the recent floods following heavy rains in Tamil Nadu.
 
An ex-gratia relief of Rs. 50,000 has also been sanctioned from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for those who were seriously injured in the floods, an official press release said.
 
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Train services to and from Chennai restored

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All regular train services from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations, as well as those passing through the Chennai area, woud be resumed from midnight tonight, the Southern Railway announced today.
 
The railway had earlier this week suspended services until today terminating at or starting from the two stations and trains passing through the area in view of the unprecedented floods which hit Chennai and surrounding districts following incessant rains.
 
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Suburban train services between Chennai Egmore, Tambaram resumed

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The Southern Railway today said that suburban train services between Chennai Egmore and Tambaram had been resumed.
 
The services are being operated on the fast lines between Chennai Egmore and Tambaram, a press release from the railway said.
 
Suburban train services in the Tamil Nadu capital had been affected by the unprecedented floods that hit the city and surrounding areas earlier this week.
 
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Flood rescue, relief efforts gather pace as Chennai has respite from rains

Rescue and relief efforts in the flood-affected areas of Chennai and nearby districts gathered momentum on Friday even as a relatively dry spell since Thursday morning and the receding waters provided some respite for people in the city after three harrowing days.

 
Army rescues 5000 people from submerged parts of Chennai
 
Rescue and relief efforts in the flood-affected areas of Chennai and nearby districts gathered momentum today even as a relatively dry spell since yesterday morning and the receding waters provided some respite for people in the city after three harrowing days.
 
As the water level in the swollen Adyar and Coovum rivers as well as lakes and reservoirs in the region went down, people used the opportunity to stock up on essential items, withdraw cash from ATMs wherever they were functioning and fill up petrol, among other things.
 
For many people, it was the first time in two or three weeks that they were able to get out of their homes. People set out to inquire about the welfare of their relatives and friends, while for others it was just a chance to stretch their limbs after a long time.
 
There was some improvement in the mobile telephone services while many areas continued to remain without electricity, with supply disconnected in some parts as a precautionary measure by the authorities.
 
Supplies of safe drinking water, milk and newspapers were slowly improving and the local transport services were picking up.
 
Many areas, however, continued to be water-logged and people had to wade through waist-deep or knee-deep water to get various things done.
 
Personnel of the Army, Air Force, Navy, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), agencies of the state governments concerned and voluntary organisations continued their round-the-clock rescue and relief efforts in Chennai and the nearby areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh where incessant rains had caused unprecedented flooding and water-logging in many areas and and brought normal life to a complete standstill.
 
The latest spell of incessant rains was the worst downpour that the state had seen in nearly a hundred years, sources said, and road, rail and air traffic have been severely disrupted.
 
Most offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions in the city and surrounding areas are closed and the functioning of hospitals and hotels, among other facilities, has been severely affected.
 
Thousands of people had taken shelter on the upper floors or roofs of their buildings and many of them, including children and the aged, were stranded without food, water and medicines for two or three days. Many people who needed medical attention had a harrowing time before help could reach them.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday undertaken an aerial survey of Chennai and adjoining districts and later announced an immediate relief of Rs 1000 crore for Tamil Nadu to cope with the massive rescue, relief and rehabilitation challenges.
 
Apart from Chennai, Mr. Modi flew over the affected areas of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts and held discussions with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on the situation.
 
The relief of Rs 1000 crore is over and above the Rs 940 crore which the Centre had released earlier, Mr Modi said.
 
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains at isolated places in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today and over the next four days.
 
The Tamil Nadu government had issued an advisory to private undertakings to permit their staff to avail holidays yesterday and today or work from home, as is done by many IT and other companies.
 
The Chennai Airport, where the operational area was under seven feet of water on Wednesday, is closed for traffic till noon on December 6.
 
Meanwhile, the government has decided to use INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam, near Chennai, not only for the Air Force and Army aircraft but also for commercial flights temporarily to clear the rush of stranded passengers. 
 
National carrier Air India flew 120 stranded passengers from Arakkonam to Hyderabad yesterday. Air India and other airlines will operate a total of seven flights today and six tomorrow to fly out the remaining stranded passengers.
 
The Southern Railway has canceled until noon of December 5 all trains, including specials, originating or terminating at Chennai Central or Chennai Egmore stations in the city.
 
All trains, including specials, passing through Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations have also been cancelled until noon on December 5 in view of the continuous heavy rainfall and the flooding of tracks at various places in Chennai and surrounding areas, a press release from Southern Railway said. Suburban railway services on some routes in Chennai were also affected.
 
As many as 269 people have died in rain-related incidents in the current north-east monsoon season Tamil Nadu. There have been at least 54 deaths in Andhra Pradesh and two in Puducherry.
 
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TN floods: Govt. announces timings of flights from Arakkonam on Dec 4-5

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The Government has announced the timings of special commercial flights that will operate from the Rajali Naval Air Station at Arakkonam, near Chennai, today and tomorrow in view of the floods that have affected the Tamil Nadu capital and surrounding areas.
 
The arrival and departure timings of these flights have approved by the Indian Navy, an official press release said here.
 
The following are the arrival and departure timings of these flights: 
 
1. Truejet (Hyderabad- Arakkonam-Hyderabad) 0830/0855 (only on 04 Dec)
2. Spicejet (Cochin-Arakkonam-Bangalore) 0945/1115
3. Spicejet (Cochin-Arakkonam-Bangalore) 1500/1630, 
4. Indigo (Hyderabad-Arakkonam-Bangalore) 1130/1300
5. Indigo (Bangalore-Arakkonam-Delhi) 1645/1815, 
6. Air India (Hyderabad- Arakkonam-Hyderabad) 1315/1445
7. Air India (Hyderabad-Arakkonam-Bangalore) 1830/1945. 
 
Train services from Chennai Beach station to Arakkonam will be at intervals of 45 minutes. The state government is making arrangements to move people from the station to Rajali Naval Base, the release said.
 
National carrier Air India operated one flight from Arakkonam to Hyderabad yesterday evening and evacuated 120 passengers in the A320 aircraft.
 
The Government had decided to use the Arakkonam facility for commercial flights temporarily as the Chennai airport has been closed until December 6 due to the floods. The operational area of the airport was under seven feet of water on Wednesday.
 
The passengers will be charged Rs 1000 for travelling to southern states and Rs 2000 for nothern states.
 
Manual ticketing for the flights will be done at the Rajali naval air base. Passengers can carry only hand baggage in these flights, and check-in baggage will not be allowed. 
 
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Govt. issues guidelines for banks, financial institutions in view of floods in Tamil Nadu

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In the wake of the severe floods in Tamil Nadu, the Department of Financial Services in the Ministry of Finance has issued guidelines to be followed by banks and other financial institutions.
 
"It is  imperative that all steps be taken to extend every possible facilitation to the affected people who are insured persons/ nominees and may have been injured/lost their lives/property due to this disaster," an official press release said.
 
Given that the floods would have affected the working of bank branches and ATMs, the banks have been told to ensure that ATMs are functional and in places where they are not, alternative mechanisms like mobile ATM, ATM vans and mobile ATMs mounted on boats may be used.  The banks may also put their employees’ alongwith laptops to facilitate withdrawals in localities themselves, it said.
 
The banks have also been directed that, as they are the implementing agency for the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti BimaYojana, they must appoint a Nodal Officer for each bank as a whole as well as for specific districts and their telephone numbers be publicized so that the general public is aware as to whom should they contact.
 
"Banks should immediately put in place this mechanism. Banks are requested to indicate daily progress in the format used for disaster relief purposes," it said.
 
The Department said all public sector General  Insurance Companies and the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) should take immediate action and nominate a senior level officer as nodal officer in the state for coordinating and expediting the settlement of claims that are reported in the State.
 
The contact numbers of the officer need to be communicated to the Department, it added.
 
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Centre suspends toll collection on all national highways in TN till Dec 11

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In view of the flood situation caused by the unprecedented rains in Tamil Nadu, tUnion Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has ordered suspension of toll collection on all national highways in the state till December 11.
 
An official press release said the order would come into force with immediate effect.
 
The decision has been taken to ease the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations being undertaken by various central and state agencies on war footings and to help the stranded and marooned people in different parts of the state, it added.
 
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TN floods: Six commercial flights to operate from Arakkonam for next two days

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The Government today said that six commercial flights will operate from INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, tomorrow and on Saturday to carry passengers stranded in the Tamil Nadu capital due to the floods in the city and neighbouring districts.
 
National carrier Air India operated one flight from Arakkonam to Hyderabad this evening and evacuated 120 passengers in the A320 aircraft.
 
The Government had decided to use the Arakkonam facility for commercial flights temporarily as the Chennai airport has been closed until December 6 due to the floods. The operational area of the airport was under seven feet of water yesterday.
 
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told journalists here this evening that most of the stranded passengers at Chennai airport had been evacuated and the remaining 150 people would be evacuated tomorrow morning.
 
Many of the passengers were sent by road to Bangalore, while some others were flown out from Arakkonam.
 
Dr. Sharma said some private airlines had also agreed to operate flights from Arakkonam in the next two days.
 
The passengers will be charged Rs 1000 for travelling to southern states and Rs 2000 for nothern states.
 
Manual ticketing for the flights will be done at the Rajali naval air base. Passengers can carry only hand baggage in these flights, and check-in baggage will not be allowed. 
 
The Railways will operate shuttle services from Chennai Beach station to Arakkonam. 
 
The flight details of these limited sorties will be available on the website of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, an official press release added.
 
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TN floods: Air India to operate special flight from Arakkonam to Hyderabad

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National carrier Air India today said it would operate a special, all-economy class flight from INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, to Hyderabad to evacuate passengers stranded in the city because of the floods.
 
The A320 aircraft took off from Hyderabad at 1730 hours and would evacuate about 120 passengers, a press release from the airline said.
 
Earlier, the Government had decided to use the Arakkonam facility for commercial flights temporarily as the Chennai airport has been closed until December 6 due to the floods. The operational area of the airport was under seven feet of water yesterday.
 
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Modi announces relief of Rs 1000 crore for TN as Chennai, nearby areas reel under floods

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday undertook an aerial survey of Chennai and adjoining districts which are reeling under unprecedented floods and later announced an immediate relief of Rs 1000 crore for Tamil Nadu to cope with the massive rescue, relief and rehabilitation challenges.

 
Chennai, nearby areas reel under floods
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today undertook an aerial survey of Chennai and adjoining districts which are reeling under unprecedented floods and later announced an immediate relief of Rs 1000 crore for Tamil Nadu to cope with the massive rescue, relief and rehabilitation challenges.
 
Apart from Chennai, Mr. Modi flew over the affected areas of Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts and held discussions with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on the situation.
 
“I have seen the damage and misery caused by the extremely heavy rainfall. The Government of India stands by the people of Tamil Nadu in their hour of need," Mr. Modi told journalists later.
 
"I have directed that Rs. 1000 crores be released immediately by Government of India to Tamil Nadu for immediate relief. This is over and above Rs. 940 crores which was released earlier," he added.
 
Meanwhile, personnel of the Army, Air Force, Navy, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and agencies of the State Government as well as voluntary organisations were engaged in massive round-the-clock rescue and relief efforts in Chennai and the nearby areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh where incessant rains over the past few days have caused flooding and water-logging in many parts and brought normal life to a complete standstill.
 
The current spell of incessant rains is the worst downpour that the state has seen in nearly a hundred years, sources said, and road, rail and air traffic have been severely disrupted.
 
Most offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions in the city and surrounding areas are closed and the functioning of hospitals and hotels, among other facilities, has been affected.
 
Many areas have been without power supply for the past two days which, in turn, has also affected water supplies and telecommunication facilities.
 
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Thousands of people have taken shelter on the upper floors or roofs of their buildings and many of them, including children and the aged, were stranded without food, water and medicines for the past two or three days. Many people who needed medical attention had a harrowing time before help could reach them.
 
After heavy rains at several places in the region yesterday and last night, there was a dry spell today and the authorities were making efforts to reach some of the worst-affected areas and evacuate people stranded there to safer locations.
 
As the waters receded in some areas, people came out on the streets in large numbers to stock up on supplies, withdraw money from ATMs and fill up the tanks of their vehicles, leading to traffic jams.
 
The overall situation, however, remained grim with rivers, streams, lakes and drains overflowing and adding to the concern of the government and the people was the fact that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that heavy to very heavy rain would occur at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today and the next three days. There could also be heavy rains over south coastal Andhra Pradesh today, it said.
 
The Tamil Nadu government has issued an advisory to private undertakings to permit their staff to avail holidays today and tomorrow or work from home, as is done by many IT and other companies.
 
The Chennai Airport, where the operational area was under seven feet of water yesterday, was closed for traffic on Tuesday evening and will remain shut till December 6, and efforts were being made to send the passengers stranded there to Bangalore by road or to Chennai city.
 
Meanwhile, the government has decided to use INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam, near Chennai, not only for the Air Force and Army aircraft but also for commercial flights temporarily to clear the rush of stranded passengers. 
 
National carrier Air India carried out a test flight to INS Rajali yesterday evening from Hyderabad and is expected to carry out about 120 stranded passengers to Hyderabad this evening.
 
The Southern Railway today decided to cancel until noon of December 5 all trains, including specials, originating or terminating at Chennai Central or Chennai Egmore stations in the city.
 
All trains, including specials, passing through Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations have also been cancelled until noon on December 5 in view of the continuous heavy rainfall and the flooding of tracks at various places in Chennai and surrounding areas, a press release from Southern Railway said.
 
The cancellation of trains over the past three days has left hundreds of passengers stranded at many stations and the railways were making efforts to provide them with food, water and other basic facilities.
 
Suburban railway services on some routes in Chennai were also affected.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi making an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai and adjoining districts in Tamil Nadu on December 3, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi making an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai and adjoining districts in Tamil Nadu on December 3, 2015.
Most people also did not have access to information through television channels, because of power breakdowns. Many of them also could not charge their mobile telephones, making it difficult for them to reach their loved ones or seek help.
 
Many areas in Chennai were under waist-high water and thousands of people had been moved to safer locations.
 
Roads were water-logged in many areas of the city and had caved in in some localities.
 
The Indian Navy is rushing INS Airavat with five additional boats, in addition to her six integral boats, divers and other material to Chennai from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
 
The Army said its men had rescued more than 4000 people so far, while an equal number had been evacuated by NDRF personnel.
 
The Army has deployed 40 rescue and relief teams and five engineer teams in the most critical areas of Chennai.
 
The teams are operating in areas which are the worst hit by the floods such as Tambaram, Mudichur, Kothurpuram, Pallavaram, Thiruneermalai, Urapakkam, Manipakkam, T. Nagar and Gudvancheri towards the outskirts of Chennai and also in the areas along the swollen Adyar river.
 
The Military Hospital at St Thomas Mount has been made functional and treatment is being given to many flood-affected patients there.
 
The IAF has been flying in NDRF teams and equipment and has deployed helicopters to evacuate people to safer locations. The IAF has also positioned one helicopter at Tirupati to aid the Andhra Pradesh government.
 
Responding to concern expressed by members in Parliament during a discussion on the flood situation in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that as many as 269 people had died in rain-related incidents in the current north-east monsoon season in the state.
 
He said 54 deaths had been reported from Andhra Pradesh and two in Puducherry.
 
He said the latest spell of heavy rains, over the past three days, had turned Chennai into an "island", cut off from the rest of the state and country, with road, rail and air links affected.
 
He said Chennai had received 330 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours ended yesterday morning, the highest in more than a hundred years.
 
Mr. Singh gave details of the havoc caused by the rains and assured the House that the Centre would do everything possible to assist the state government in coping with the situation.
 
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TN floods: Railways cancel all trains from and to Chennai Central, Egmore

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As Chennai and nearby districts in Tamil Nadu grappled with the worst floods in decades, the Southern Railway today cancelled until noon of December 5 all trains, including specials, originating or terminating at Chennai Central or Chennai Egmore stations in the city.
 
All trains, including specials, passing through Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations have also been cancelled until noon on December 5 in view of the continuous heavy rainfall and water overflowing the tracks at various places in Chennai and surrounding areas, a press release from Southern Railway said.
 
The Southern Railway has set up helplines at various places for the benefit of the people in Chennai and adjoining areas.
 
The numbers are:
Chennai Central 044-25330714
Chennai Egmore 044-28190216
Chennai Control 044-29015204, 044-29015208
Madurai 0452-2308250
Tiruchchirappalli 0431-2418992, 9003864971, 9003864960
Thanjavur 9003033265, 04362-230131
Villupuram 9003864959
 
For the convenience of suburban passengers, skeleton services are being run in the following sections: Chennai Beach – Tiruvallur – Arakkonam - Tiruttani; Ennore – Gummidipoondi and Chennai Beach – Velacherry MRTS services.
 
The release said officers had been deputed to major stations to oversee the arrangements made for the stranded passengers.
 
Around 20,000 food packets and water packets have been  distributed to stranded passengers at major stations free of cost in association with NGOs like Jain Association and others. Another 10,000 food packets are being distributed today. In addition, food outlets are also selling food to the passengers.
 
Supply of sufficient drinking water and food items are ensured in the stations. Regular cholorination of water is being done.
 
The release said round-the-clock medical facilities have been provided in the Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli stations and also in trains which have been stopped enroute.
 
Medical booths with sufficient medicines are made available at the major stations like Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Chennai Tambaram and Chengalpattu. Sanitation and cleanliness are ensured at all major stations/platforms.
 
Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel have been deployed at Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Pallavaram, Guduvancheri, Chengalpattu, Arakkonam, Tiruvallur, Katpadi and Jolarpettai to ensure the security of passengers and their properties.
 
They are also helping to regulate queues at cancellation counters, ticket counters, information centres and foot outlets.
 
Special trains were run today from Chennai Beach to Mangalore and Bangalore to cater to the stranded passengers. Arrangements are made with MTC buses for taking passengers to their residence.
 
The release said action was being taken on a war-footing to attend to repairs of damaged tracks and otehr structures. 
 
Between Chengalpattu and Villupuram, rail traffic was suspended due to erosion of bank as water overflowed from the Chembarambakkam lake.
 
Five wagons with  boulders and sand were unloaded to attend to the track inspite of heavy rains yesterday and the down line was made fit for traffic yesterday itself, it said.
 
On a bridge between Tada and Sullurpeta of Chennai Central – Gudur section of  Chennai Division, water from Kalingi river was flowing above the danger level. Traffic on the section was suspended on Tuesday night and the bridge was restored this afternoon.
 
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Between Guduvancherry and Vandalur of Tambaram- Chengalpattu section, both up and down lines were suspended because about 500 metres of tracks were washed away, along with formation and ballast. The track is being repaired, the release said.
 
Between Guindy and Saidapet in Chennai, water from the Adyar river is still flowing over the girder and the structure is under monitoring. All services including Chennai Beach – Tambaram suburban services have been suspended in the section.
 
All lines on the Basin Bridge-Chennai Central section are submerged by water overflowing from the Coovum river. The third line between Chennai Egmore and Chennai Beach has also been suspended.
 
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Modi leaves for Chennai to take stock of flood situation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left here today for Chennai for an assessment of the flood situation in the city and surrounding districts following incessant rains over the past several days.
 
"Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods," Mr. Modi said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
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TN floods: Chennai suburban railway services cancelled on some routes

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The Southern Railway said that suburban railway services on certain sections would not be operated today until further advice.
 
The sections are: Chennai Beach-Tambaram-Chengalpattu-Tirumalpur; Chennai Central-Tiruvallur-Avadi-Arakkonam-Tiruttani; Chennai Central-Gummidipoondi-Sullurpeta; and Chennai Beach-Gummidipoondi-Sullurpeta.
 
However, skeletal services  will be operated on the Gummidipoondi- Ennore and the Chennai Beach-Avadi-Tiruvallur-Arakkonam & Tiruttani routes.
 
MRTS service between Velachery-Thirumayilai-Chennai Beach will also be operated on a skeletal basis, a press release from the railway said.
 
The release said it would run special trains from Chennai Beach with open timings, as follows:
 
1.Passenger special from Chennai Beach to Bangalore via Perambur, Jolarpettai and proposed to departure at 10.00 hrs on 03.12.2015.  
 
2. Special Train to Mangalore will leave at 11.30 hrs  on 03.12.2015  from Chennai Beach to Bangalore via Perambur, Jolarpettai & Salem.
 
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Massive rescue, relief efforts on as Chennai reels under floods after incessant rains

Massive rescue and relief efforts were underway on Thursday in Chennai and nearby districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where incessant rains over the past several days have caused flooding and water-logging in many areas and brought normal life to a standstill.

 
Chennai floods: Situation turns grim, streets water-logged
 
Massive rescue and relief efforts were underway today in Chennai and nearby districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where incessant rains over the past several days have caused flooding and water-logging in many areas and brought normal life to a standstill.
 
The current spell of incessant rains is the worst downpour that the state has seen in nearly a hundred years, sources said, and road, rail and air traffic has been severely disrupted.
 
Most offices, commercial establishments and educational institutions in the city and surrounding areas are closed and the functioning of hospitals and hotels, among other facilities, has been affected.
 
Many areas have been without power supply for the past two days which, in turn, has also affected water supplies and telecommunication facilities.
 
Army, Air Force and Navy personnel have joined teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state government agencies and voluntary agencies in rescuing the affected people in different parts of the city and other districts.
 
The Indian Navy is rushing INS Airavat with five additional boats, in addition to her six integral boats, divers and other material to Chennai from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
 
After heavy rains at several places in the region yesterday and last night, there was a dry spell this morning and the authorities were making efforts to reach some of the worst-affected areas and evacuate people stranded there to safer locations.
 
The situation remained grim with rivers, streams, lakes and drains overflowing and adding to the concern of the government and the people was the fact that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that heavy to very heavy rain would occur at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today and the next three days. There could also be heavy rains over south coastal Andhra Pradesh today, it said.
 
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The Tamil Nadu government has issued an advisory to private undertakings to permit their staff to avail holidays today and tomorrow or work from home, as is done by many IT and other companies.
 
The Chennai Airport, where the operational area was under seven feet of water yesterday, was closed for traffic on Tuesday evening and will remain shut till December 6, and efforts were being made to send the passengers stranded there to Bangalore by road or to Chennai city.
 
The Southern Railway has cancelled several trains and diverted and rescheduled many more because of the flooding of tracks, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at some stations. 
 
Suburban railway services on some routes in Chennai were also affected.
 
Most people were also did not have access to information through television channels, because of power breakdowns. Many of them also could not charge their mobile telephones, making it difficult for them to reach their loved ones or seek help.
 
Many areas in Chennai were waist-high water and thousands of people had been moved to safer locations, while many others had taken shelter on the roofs and terraces of their buildings.
 
Roads were water-logged in many areas of the city and had caved in in some localities.
 
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TN floods: Mukherjee condoles loss of lives

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President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the loss of lives and damange to infrastructure in Chennai and several other parts of Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains.
 
"I understand that relief and rescue efforts are ongoing and am confident that the people of Tamil Nadu will overcome this tragedy with fortitude and dignity," he said in a message to Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah.
 
"I share the grief of those who have lost their near and dear ones and extend my sympathies to all whose lives have been affected. I appreciate the efforts of the State Government, NDRF, civil society organisations and rescue workers as they continue to save lives and mitigate the suffering of the affected population. 
 
"I call upon the State Government and all other authorities to provide every assistance possible to the bereaved families as well as those affected. 
 
"My prayers and good wishes are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this difficult time," he added.
 
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TN floods: Chennai airport closed upto noon on December 6

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The Chennai airport has been closed upto noon on December 6 due to the floods caused by the incessant rains of the past few days in the city.
 
"The situation is being closely monitored and any further action will be taken subject to review for resumption of services as soon as possible," an official press release from the Ministry of Civil Aviation said here this evening.
 
Airport operations had continued till 8 pm yesterday with only sporadic missed approaches due to heavy rain and the associated poor visibility.
 
At 8 pm yesterday, when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet, the airfield was closed initially for a period of three hours, which was subsequently extended up to 6 am this morning, the release said.
 
However, by 6 am today, the situation had deteriorated severely, leading to submerging of entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water, it said.
 
 All incoming flights were diverted to alternate airfields, except one international flight which was cleared due medical priority. 
 
During the closure, 12 domestic and 12 international arrivals were diverted on December 1.
 
As many as 34 numbers of aircrafts are stranded at the airport. All international and domestic flights to and from Chennai have been cancelled. 
 
The navigational aids within the airfield have been switched off due to heavy water logging. However, the Secondary Surveillance Radar is available and the Air Traffic Services to Overflying traffic are not affected, the release said.
 
As many as 90 passengers were sent to Bangalore by buses and 200 passengers stranded at the airport were transferred to Chennai city.
 
Airports Authority of India has established emergency Contact Numbers of Terminal Manager at Chennai for assistance. The contact numbers are+91 44 22563100 and + 91 8056220066. 
 
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TN floods: Airtel offers talk-time credit of Rs. 30 for its pre-paid customers

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As a gesture to those affected by the floods in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, telecom service provider Airtel today announced an auto approval of "talk-time" credit upto Rs. 30 for all its pre-paid mobile customers in the state.
 
The company has also arranged for free of cost credit of 10 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calling for prepaid mobile customers with a validity of two days.
 
A press release from the company said free of cost credit of 50MB mobile data will be provided for Airtel prepaid mobile customers with a validity of two days.
 
Airtel postpaid and fixed line customers whose bills are due to be paid immediately will get an extended time to make the payment and will experience uninterrupted services, it said.
 
The unprecedented rains have disrupted normal life in Chennai and other areas and restricted people's movements from their homes and other places.
 
"The uninterrupted rains have also resulted in excessive water logging and disruption of essential services in Chennai, thus causing power failures and impacting our services in some regions. We at Airtel are relentlessly working with the local authorities to enable smooth mobile communication for Airtel customers across the city," the release added.
 
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TN floods: Southern Railway cancels, diverts, reschedules more trains

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The Southern Railway today cancelled several trains and diverted and rescheduled many others due to the floods in Chennai and some other parts of the state.
 
According to an official press release, the following are the details:
 
Trains cancelled on 02.12.2015
  
From  Chennai Central
1.  12695 Chennai Central - TrivandrumSuperfast  Exp
2.  12685 Chennai Central - Mangalore Superfast Exp
3.   06108 Chennai Central - Quilon Exp
4.   12623 Chennai Central –Thiruvananthapuram Mail
5.   22639 Chennai Central –Alappuzha  Express
6.   12671 Chennai-Mettupalayam Nilgiri Exp
7.   22651 Chennai Central – Palani Express
8.   22205 Chennai Central-Madurai AC Duronto Bi-weekly Exp
 
From Chennai Egmore
1.  12633 Chennai Egmore-Kanniyakumari Express
2.  17651 Chennai Egmore-Kacheguda Express
3.   12637 Chennai Egmore -Madurai Pandian Exp
4.   16701 Chennai Egmore - Rameswaram Exp
 
Outstations Trains
1.   12604 Hyderabad -Chennai Central Chennai  Express
2.   12760 Hyderabad - Chennai-Charminar Express
3.   17644 Kakinada - Chennai Egmore Circar Express
4.   17652 Kacheguda - Chennai Egmore Express
5.    16702 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Exp
6.    16714 Rameswaram - Chennai Egmore Exp
7.   12634 Kanniyakumari -Chennai Egmore Exp
 
Trains diverted from other stations on 02.12.2015
1.  13352 Alappuzha-Dhanbad/Tatanagar Express diverted via Melpakkam, Renigunta ,Gudur
2.  12512 Thiruvananthapuram-Gorakhpur Raptisagar Express diverted via Melpakkam, Renigunta ,Gudur
3.  12521 Barauni-Ernakulam Weekly Express diverted via Tiruvottiyur,Perambur
4.  12652 Nizamuddin-Madurai Tamil Nadu Express diverted via
Tiruvottiyur,Perambur,Katpadi,Villupuram
 
Other trains:
1.  12610 Bangalore City – Chennai Central scheduled to arrive Chennai Central today terminated at Jolarpettai.
2.   12609 Chennai Central –Bangalore City Exp scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 13.35 of today will leave from Jolarpettai.
3.   12658 Bangalore City – Chennai Central Mail scheduled to arrive Chennai Central today terminated at Tiruvallur.
4.   12657 Chennai Central – Bangalore City Mail scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 23.15 hrs will leave from Tiruvallur.
5.   16090 Jolarpettai- Chennai Central exp scheduled to arrive Chennai Central today terminated at Arakkonam.
6.    16089 Chennai Central – Jolarpettai Exp scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 17.55 hrs will leave from Arakkonam today.
7.    12296 Patna – Bangalore Exp scheduled to leave Chennai Central today at 13.55 will be diverted via Tiruvottiyur and Perambur
8.    12897 Puducherry – Bhubaneswar scheduled to leave  Pondicherry on 02.12.2015 at 18.30 hrs  is rescheduled to 03.12.2015 at 18.30 hrs.
9.    16860 Mangalore – Chennai Egmore Exp Journey commenced on 02.12.2015 diverted via Erode, Salem,Jolarpatai ,Katpadi and will terminate at Chennai Central.
10.   12680 Coimbatore –Chennai Central Intercity Exp scheduled to arrive Chennai Central today is terminated at Jolarpattai.
11.  12679 Chennai Central –Coimbatore Intercity Exp schedule to leave Chennai Central at 14.30 hrs of today (02.12.2015) will leave from Jolarpattai.
 
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TN floods: Railway bridge in Chennai affected, suburban services likely to be affected

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The Southern Railway today said that the bridge on the Adayar between Saidapet and Guindy stations on the Chennai Beach--Tambaram section has been damaged due to the heavy flow of water in the river, resulting in the shifting of the girders on the up and down suburban lines.
 
A press release from the railway said that detailed inspection of the bridge, to assess its condition, could be undertaken only after the water recedes sufficiently.
 
"Therefore, suburban services are likely to remain affected," it added.
 
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TN floods: Southern Railway sets up helplines

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The Southern Railway has set up helplines in Chennai and other flood-affected areas of Tamil Nadu to provide information to passengers about the running of trains and related matters.
 
The following are the numbers:
 
Chennai Central: 044- 25330714
Chennai Egmore: 044- 28190216
Chennai Control Office: 044-29015204, 044-29015208
Madurai: 0452-2308250
Tiruchchirappalli: 0431-2418992, 90038 64971, 90038 64960
Thanjavur: 90030 33265, 04362-230131
Villupuram: 90038 64959
 
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Rains, floods bring normal life to standstill in Chennai, other parts of TN

Normal life in Chennai and several nearby districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has been disrupted because of floods caused by incessant rains for the past several days.

 
Heavy rains batter Chennai, rescue operations underway
 
Normal life in Chennai and several nearby districts in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has been disrupted because of floods caused by incessant rains for the past several days.
 
While the rains had halted this morning in Chennai and other areas, the situation remained grim with rivers, streams, lakes and drains overflowing.
 
Many areas in Chennai were waist-high water and thousands of people had been moved to safer locations, while many others had taken shelter on the roofs and terraces of their buildings.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains in the region for the next few days.
 
Army and Navy personnel joined teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state government agencies and voluntary agencies in rescuing the affected people in different parts of the city and other districts.
 
The Army has deployed three rescue and relief columns, comprising troops from the Garrison Infantry Battalion and Army's Engineer elements, in the flood-affected areas on the request of the Tamil Nadu government.
 
An official press release said two columns were pressed into service yesterday evening and had begun working in Tambaram, Mudichur, Manipakam, Guduvancheri and Urapakkam areas of Chennai.
 
Army personnel helping people stranded in the floods in Chennai on December 2, 2015.
 Army personnel helping people stranded in the floods in Chennai on December 2, 2015.
An Army column was able to rescue about 15 trapped civilians in a bus affected by flood waters. The rescue teams have till 1100 hours today succeeded in rescuing and bringing over 50 marooned civilians to safety in Gudvancheri and Mudichur. 
 
The third Army Rescue Column was effective from 1000 hours today, while a fourth column is being rushed in from Bangalore by road. 
 
Additional Army resources are being mobilized for providing assistance to flood affected areas, the release added.
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has positioned two Mi 17 helicopters at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, while two others are at Bangalore and Thanjavur.
 
As soon as the weather is fit for helicopter operations, these two helicopters will move to Chennai, from where they will be assisting the State Disaster Management authorities in their efforts to provide succour to the stranded population. 
 
Among other things, they will be used for aerial dropping of food packets, water and medicines and for evacuating stranded people.
 
One C-17 had taken off from Chandigarh via Bhubaneswar and landed at Tirupati with three teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF). 
 
One C-17 took off from Palam in Delhi with three teams of NDRF and one C-130 J has got airborne to Tambaram for reconnaissance and assessment of the flood affected areas. 
 
The airport in Chennai has shut down operations since yesterday and all flights to and from the city were cancelled.
 
The Southern Railway also cancelled several trains and diverted or rescheduled scores of others because of flooding on the tracks between Villupuram and Tambaram.
 
The Southern Railway also said this morning that suburban train services on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram had been cancelled from 0400 hours till noon, on the Chennai Central-Basin Bridge section from 0700 hours to 1000 hours, and the Chennai Central-Thiruvallur section between 0700 hours and 100 hours.
 
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The rains have also disrupted road traffic in many places and affected the working of offices, commercial establishments, schools and colleges, hotels and hospitals, among other facilities.
 
Roads were water-logged in many areas of the city and had caved in in some localities. Power supply was affected in many parts.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers and senior officials to review the rescue and relief operations. She told the officials to speed up their efforts.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Ms. Jayalalithaa yesterday and assured her of all possible support and cooperation from the Centre.
 
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Modi speaks to Jayalalithaa on flood situation in Tamil Nadu

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on the flood situation in parts of the city following incessant rains over the past many days.
 
"Spoke to Jayalalithaa ji on the flood situation in parts of Tamil Nadu. Assured all possible support and cooperation in this unfortunate hour," Mr. Modi said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
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