Chennai rains: Police used drones to locate stranded people

December 07, 2015 03:15 pm | Updated 03:32 pm IST - CHENNAI

The Chennai City Police used drones to locate people stranded in certain pockets of the city, which were seriously affected by the flooding.

A senior officer said that since Thursday, they had deployed drones in Nandambakkam Defence Colony, Mudichur, Pallikaranai, Madipakkam, Velachery and Little Mount. They were able to locate as many as 200 people with the help of drones and rescued all of them.

Drones operated from a control vehicle were giving direct feeds to their control room. On receiving a distress signal from them, they were able to zero-in on the area and volunteers at the nearest spot were alerted through a wireless walkie-talkie, enabling them to reach out to the affected.

Bodies retrieved

The Chennai City Police have recovered six bodies from different parts of the city. In south Chennai, three bodies were retrieved near the Ashok Nagar tank of Adyar River on Sunday. Among the victims are a woman reported to be around 25 years old, while the two others were men.

While they are yet to identify the victims, they suspect the victims to be from Soolaipallam near MGR Nagar and likely to have drowned due to water overflowing from the river on Friday.

In Kanceepuram district, police retrieved the body of M. Rajeshwari (55), of Periyar Nagar in Palavakkam. An officer said Rajeshwari was washed away by gushing waters when she was returning in a bus from Tiruporur on Tuesday. After the bus got stranded on road due to flooding, she got down to walk, but was swept away by the heavy current. Her body was recovered near Thiruvidandhai on Sunday, police added.

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