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Over 5,000 still in flood relief camps

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More than 5,000 flood-affected persons continue to be in relief camps, including Chennai Corporation schools, all over the city.

Of the 31 relief camps, a number of them are schools in Padikuppam, N.S.K. Nagar, Koyambedu and Jafferkhanpet among other places accommodating 5,326 people. With the State government declaring another day’s leave for educational institutions on Monday, the local body gets another day to expedite measures to clear water so that flood affected people can return home.

“Out of 859 stagnation points, 764 have been cleared using pumpsets and other heavy duty equipment including super suckers and excavators. In addition to Corporation schools, people have been accommodated in marriage halls too,” said Corporation Commissioner Vikram Kapur.

Many private schools too have opened their doors to the flood affected, serving as relief camps in Aminjikarai, Adyar, Velachery, Guindy, Semmenchery and Neelankarai. As many as 22.91 lakh food packets have been distributed to residents from Amma Canteens and community kitchens, officials said.

At a meeting on Sunday, Municipal Administration Minister S.P.Velumani asked the Chennai Corporation to use additional manpower to bale out water in remaining areas.

Over 2.5 lakh residents have been covered in 1,739 medical camps in the city so far.

Nearly 25,000 workers have been engaged in clearing stagnant water in SIDCO Nagar, Vysarpadi, Madipakkam, Velachery, Korattur, Villivakkam, Sholinganallur, Kodungaiyur, Valasaravakkam and Pazhavanthangal.



Of the 31 relief camps, a number of them are schools in Padikuppam, N.S.K. Nagar, Koyambedu and Jafferkhanpet



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