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Chennai airport reopens as frustration builds over slow flood response

Posted December 06, 2015 23:18:17

Indian relief workers load supplies for flood victims Photo: Indian relief workers load supplies for flood victims in flood-hit Chennai. (AFP: STR)

India’s primary airport in flood-devastated Tamil Nadu state has reopened as emergency workers strive to aid thousands of residents in distress, some of whom are frustrated with the government’s response to the all-natural disaster.

Flights from the international airport in the state capital Chennai resumed on Sunday soon after it was closed for more than 4 days, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Record rains worsened flooding in many components of the state, with the disaster claiming almost 300 lives since December 1.

“There was no harm to the runway. It remained beneath water for a couple of days but has been cleared now,” national aviation minister Mahesh Sharma said.

“We had a handful of relief flights yesterday from the airport and today industrial flights have resumed their services.”

Thousands of residents had been rescued by boat or plucked from rooftops following the floods left a lot of Chennai, a city of far more than 4 million, underwater.

Power supplies and telephone networks have been also hit.

Soldiers and other emergency workers who poured into the south-eastern state have now switched to rushing meals, clean drinking water and medical supplies to tough-hit residents.

“The army has … distributed relief materials like water and food to more than 20,000 men and women,” Colonel Rohan Anand stated.

But rain was once more falling in Chennai on Sunday, threatening to hamper relief efforts along with attempts to clear roads of waterlogged debris.

Anger over slow response by politicians

Meanwhile, anger is mounting among some residents who accuse nearby authorities of failing to perform swiftly to help these impacted.

V Padmavathy mentioned she had been stuck on the 1st floor of her home for days after waist-deep water swept by way of her north Chennai neighbourhood.

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“None of the politicians or volunteers have approached us for the previous couple of days. Numerous of us stayed indoors and starved,” she said.

Prime minister Narendra Modi very first drew nods of approval when he rushed to Chennai final week, promising to stand by its people in their hour of need to have.

However, inside hours, Mr Modi became the object of mockery on social media after his press workplace released a doctored photo of him inspecting flood harm.

For each him and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the image of robust leadership created by their publicity machines was undermined.

Ms Jayaram, a single of India’s most effective politicians and a former film star named “Amma” or “Mother” by her followers, is being heckled and abused for going missing in action after floods swept the capital of her state.

Now, she faces a backlash from residents fed up with the sight of her image on billboards, aid packets and her personal Jaya Plus Television channel.

She has been given that in public only twice in the course of the crisis — as soon as with Mr Modi.

“Neglect about Amma coming right here, there was no sign of the celebration cadres,” a resident from Ms Jayaram’s constituency said.

“She is supposed to be a fantastic administrator. But this time there was no presence of government at all,” yet another flood victim said.

“Ordinary folks did all the work that government and police had been supposed to do.”

Avadi Kumar, a spokesman of her ruling AIADMK party, mentioned there was anger amongst the people but the administration was carrying out all it could to bring relief.

A lot of residents and celebrities have taken the matter into their own hands, utilizing social media to organise supplies for people in need to have.

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South Indian actor Siddarth, who has nearly 2 million followers, tweeted details of where volunteers and supplies were necessary.

“Pouring in Chennai. Please keep indoors. Unless you are in teams do not head out for rescue or relief function,” he wrote.

Authorities have stated poor urban preparing had most likely worsened the disaster.

India suffers severe flooding every year in the course of the annual monsoon rains from June to September.


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