Even as the Tamil Nadu Government has deployed its machinery in full swing in the rain-hit areas, especially in the worst-hit neighbouring Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, all the defence services–the Indian Navy, Air Force and the Army, besides the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), too have joined in the relief and rescue operations to evacuate people from the marooned areas today.
Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, Naval Officer-in-Charge Tamil Nadu and Puducherry) said a 12-member naval team was involved in relief and rescue works in Chennai and suburban areas. He said food packets and drinking water bottles were air-dropped to the flood victims in the marooned areas. He also announced that two naval helicopters were kept ready for relief operations. Stating that two naval aircrafts were kept in readiness at Arakkonam in Vellore district, he said, following a request from the State Government, the naval personnel were involved in rescue efforts at Vadagal in Chengalpattu in Kancheepuram district. Meanwhile, ICG sources said, it had launched relief operations in the flood-hit areas of Chennai and suburbs by undertaking an initial sortie to assess the ground situation.