Updated December 19th, 2023 at 08:40 IST
Indian Armed Forces respond to Tamil Nadu flood crisis, relief operations in full swing
Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and Tenkasi in South Tamil Nadu faced issues such as waterlogging and a flood-like crisis due to heavy rains.
Chennai: The Indian Air Force has mobilised its resources for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations via the MI-17 V5 helicopter from Air Force Station Sulur in the wake of incessant and unprecedented rainfall that has pounded Southern Tamil Nadu over the past 24 hours.
The Indian Army, too, has initiated rescue missions, evacuating individuals, including women, children, and the elderly, from the flood-stricken regions.
Further reports state severe flooding has submerged various districts, primarily affecting areas in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and Tenkasi, bringing in a flood-like situation, disrupting normal life, and prompting responses from both state and central authorities.
Army dispatches column for rescue operations in Vasaipuram due to heavy rainfall
Army officials stated on December 18, "Owing to incessant rains in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Army's Relief Column was activated at Vasaipuram, Tamil Nadu, today. Till 9:30 pm, 17 ladies and 13 others, including children, were evacuated by the first column. The second column evacuated 12 women, including one pregnant woman, 6 children, including an infant, and 12 others. Simultaneously, 26 women, 10 children, and 28 others were evacuated by the third column."
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been actively engaged in rescue operations in Thoothukudi, contributing to the ongoing efforts to assist those affected by the floods. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, being in New Delhi, conducted a comprehensive review meeting via video conference, overseeing the flood situation in Southern Tamil Nadu. The meeting involved Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena, monitoring officers, and district collectors.
Tri-services deployed to aid in rescue operations in Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and other south district
Acknowledging the severity of the situation, Chief Secretary Meena sought aid from the armed forces to rescue stranded individuals. Following the request, swift action was taken by authorities, and the tri-services, comprising the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, were mobilized to tackle the unprecedented floods and relentless rainfall that besieged Tamil Nadu.
Expressing his concern, Chief Minister MK Stalin also directed party members from the rain-affected districts to actively engage in the ongoing relief work. He assured continuous monitoring of relief efforts and remained in constant communication with officials on the ground.
Heavy rain persists in south districts of Tamil Nadu: Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and Tenkasi
The districts of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari, and Tenkasi bore the brunt of heavy rainfall since Sunday morning, resulting in floods and significant disruption to daily life. Kanyakumari city, in particular, witnessed severe waterlogging and flood-like situations due to the persistent downpour over the preceding days.
The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert for South Tamil Nadu, forecasting the continuation of heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy falls likely to exceed 204.4 mm in the region on Monday. In response to the crisis, the Tamil Nadu government declared a holiday for schools, colleges, private institutions, banks, and financial institutions in the affected districts on Monday, prioritising the safety of the residents.
As a measure taken, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi called for a meeting at Raj Bhavan, Chennai, scheduled for December 19. The meeting aims to review the flood situation in the southern districts and coordinate efforts with senior officials from Central Agencies and Armed Forces to mobilise resources for effective rescue and relief operations.
Published December 19th, 2023 at 08:28 IST