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NDRF to deploy additional teams in rain-hit Tamil Nadu

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Chennai: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Tuesday said that five more teams comprising 300 men will be rushed to conduct relief and rescue operations in rain-hit Tamil Nadu.

“Ten teams of NDRF have already been deployed in Tamil Nadu and five teams comprising of 300 men are about to reach Tamil Nadu. We are also planning to send three teams to Pondicherry,” NDRF DG OP Singh told ANI.

Singh also said that considering IMD forecast of heavy rain for the next four days, the NDRF is trying to mobilize maximum teams to the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Army Flood Relief Columns are carrying out extensive flood rescue and relief operations in Tambaram and Urapakkam areas in Chennai.

A Naval rescue team has been deployed in Gandhi nagar area beyond Adyar Bridge along Buckingham Canal as the whole area is flooded.

The Chennai Corporation had also announced emergency contact numbers for all the regional zones in the city for the people to contact in case of any emergency due to the floods.

The Chennai Airport has also been temporarily closed amidst heavy rainfall in the city.

The Army has been re-called and so have additional forces to carry out rescue operations in the flood-hit areas.

NTL India, a conventional call taxi provider, has introduced 15 boats with trained rescue emergency team in several parts of the city.

Twelve trains leaving Chennai Egmore were cancelled due to water overflowing on railway tracks between Villupuram – Tambaram section. (ANI)