According to sources residents are still grappling with stagnant water and power disruption in parts of tamil Nadu’s chennai and its suburbs, three days after Cyclone Michuang wreaked havoc in the metropolis and neighboring districts, even as civic agency personnel stepped up relief and rehabilitation efforts. Defence minister Rajnath Singh visited tamil Nadu on thursday to take stock of the damage caused by floods. He conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas and surveyed chennai and nearby areas hit by torrential rains. The Union minister also called on cm MK stalin at the secretariat in chennai and he was briefed on the cyclone, the damage caused and the relief needed from the Centre.

Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengelpet and Tiruvallur in northern tamil Nadu were hit by the cyclone and heavy inundation. prime minister Narendra Modi has directed the Ministry of home Affairs to release in advance the second installment of the Centre’s contribution to the SDRF of Rs 493.60 to andhra pradesh and Rs 450 crore to tamil Nadu in view of floods caused by cyclone Michaung. The prime minister has approved the first urban flood mitigation project of Rs 561.29 crore for Integrated Urban Flood Management Activities for chennai Basin Project under the National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF), which also includes central assistance of Rs 500 crore, Shah said.

Chief minister MK Stalin-led tamil Nadu government has extended the holiday for all schools and colleges in chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpattu till thursday due to severe flooding in several parts of these districts. Educational institutes in six taluks Pallavaram, Tambaram, Vandalur, Thiruporur, Chengalpattu, and Thirukazhukundram will remain closed today.

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