In the flood-hit coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, the water level has risen considerably, submerging some buildings and bridges, prompting an outpouring of relief from residents.
“It is not safe, and it is very dangerous,” said an elderly resident, who has been stranded on a street in Chennai for nearly a month.
“There are some houses in this area that are destroyed.
People are in panic mode.
We need help.
It is not easy for them to come here.””
I want to help my children and grandchildren.
It is not easy for them to come here.”
While most Tamil Nadu residents are now back home, the city’s population of 2.8 million is still suffering from the flood, with many of its elderly and children unable to return to their homes due to the floodwaters.
The government has not yet released the latest casualty figures, but Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Jayalalithaa has said that “every village in the state has suffered” as a result of the floods.
The floods also left a huge dent in the government’s coffers, with nearly Rs1 lakh crore worth of relief funds, including a Rs10,000 crore rescue fund, announced on Thursday.
On Thursday, Jayalilithaa promised that a total of Rs1.5 lakh crore will be spent in flood-affected areas across the state.
The amount is expected to be disbursed over the next four years.
A huge number of houses have been damaged or submerged in Chennai.
The state government is now preparing to issue relief orders in flood affected areas, and has started handing out relief cards to people, the state government said in a statement.