After Parliamentarians took cognisance of the devastating rains in Chennai, displacing thousands and killing over 270, several state governments have come forward extending support to the rain-hit Tamil Nadu. And now, even the US has offered all-possible assistance to India, besides condoling the loss of lives. This has been described as one of the worst flooding in Chennai in over 100 years.
The deluge in Chennai has assumed devastating proportions with city spaces submerged in deep flood waters. Speaking before the lower house of Parliament, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had termed the situation in the state as “very alarming”, going on to say that Chennai has turned into an “island as it has been cut off from all national and state highways”.
And on Thursday, the US administration offered assistance to India in meeting the humanitarian challenge posed by the Chennai deluge.
“The US stands ready to assist the people of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as well as the Government of India as they facethe worst flooding in decades,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told the press.
“We express our deepest condolences to the families of the people who have perished in these floods, and our thoughts are with those families who are still trapped and whose livelihoods are affected,” Spokesperson Toner said adding that the US was in touch with the Indian government to discuss ways in which it can provide any assistance at a “difficult time”.
“We’ve offered our assistance. Certainly, India is a very developed government with its own domestic services or capabilities to provide emergency assistance,” Toner further said lauding the rescue efforts launched by NDRF and state agencies in and around Chennai.
Back in India, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis assured his government’s complete support to Tamil Nadu Government.
“We stand with the people of Tamil Nadu during the time of worst floods, one of the worst times ever,” Mr. Fadnavis said on Wednesday.
Kerala Assembly too pledged complete support to the people of rain-hit Chennai and adjoining areas who have been on the receiving end since the last few weeks. Assembly Speaker N Sakthan brought the issue of flood situation in Chennai before the House on Wednesday.
“Chennai is now facing the worst down power in the century. People are frightened. Over 100 people died so far. Kerala is sharing the grief of people of Tamil Nadu and we extend them total support,” Mr. Sakthan said.
Apprising the press Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said the state government had offered every possible help to neighbouring state.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has demanded the Central government to declare the situation in Chennai and surrounding areas in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a “national disaster”. “We are aghast and upset that 269 people have lost their lives. We request the government to declare it as a national disaster and take immediate steps,” Congress spokesman Rajeev Gowda told the press.
“Government should learn from Chennai’s tragedy. Smart cities should not be only about computers but also about respecting nature,” Gowda added making a strong pitch for constitution of a task force to ensure that urban development is in sync with environment.
(With inputs from the PTI)