Flood Relief at Chennai
The persistent rains since early hours of 01 Dec 15, had caused inundation of few low lying areas of Chennai, as it happened on 16 Nov 15. All ICG units were kept standby for rescue and providing relief to marooned/stranded people.
Floods in Tamil Nadu
The incessant torrential rains since early hours on 01 Dec 15 coupled with sudden release of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir in the intervening night of 01-02 Dec 15 led to widespread floods in entire Chennai. Thousands of marooned/stranded people needed immediate assistance. ICGAS (Chennai) and Chennai International Airport were severely inundated due to sudden release of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir. The area of Tuticorin and Mandapam was also very severely inundated due to incessant heavy downpours.
On the request from the State administration and Commissioner of Police, a 13 member specialized rescue team (divers/life guards) with Gemini were dispatched at 2100 h on 01 Dec 15 to Saidapet police station within 02 hours for coordinated rescue of marooned populace. Subsequently, a total of 13 rescue boats (in rotation) with 113 divers/lifeguards from Chennai based units were pressed into service for mass rescue and relief operations spreading across many inundated areas of Chennai. Besides this one more specialized joint rescue team along with Gemini was handed over to DGP Chennai for joint relief operations.
The Rescue Core Team initially concentrated in worst affected areas based on inputs from various sources viz. Saidapet, Kotturpuram, Jafferkhanpet etc and rescued 200 marooned/stranded people and brought to safety by PM 02 Dec 15. The RDMC kept analyzing and reassessing rescue plan round the clock. As more reports came in, rescue teams were spread across to reach out to the most affected areas of Defence Colony, Korukkupet, CIT Nagar, Sundar Nagar, Nandanam, Kolathuvancherry, Poonamallee etc. ICG has rescued a total of 3440 marooned/ stranded persons and brought to safety from flood affected areas of Chennai.
While rescue of marooned/stranded people was the first phase, providing relief materials post rescue also commenced simultaneously. From the beginning of the rescue phase itself, ICG concentrated on relief operations, starting with feeding thousands of rescued persons through preparation of food onboard ICG ships. As Chennai was completely cut off and stand still on 02 Dec 15, entire ICG fleet/units at Chennai swung into action to prepare thousands of food packets and distributed to most affected areas. As water started receding from 05 Dec 15 onwards, the pace of relief operation peaked up and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) / other volunteer groups started responding/coming forward with relief materials. ICG has distributed 32968 Packets of food, 20644 Kgs of dry/ fresh provisions including milk, 64300 water bottles, 5071 blankets/bed sheets, besides other clothes/ household items to needy people in flood affected areas, old age homes and orphanage.
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