Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on December 3 evening visited the State Emergency Operations Centre at Ezhilagam complex in Chennai to review the precautionary measures underway, in view of the cyclonic storm Michaung.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Stalin elaborated on the precautionary measures being taken in coastal districts. Over 2.44 crore people in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Cuddalore districts have been sent alert messages through SMS.
“685 individuals have been evacuated to 11 relief camps in Chengalpattu, Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts,” Mr. Stalin said. Thanking elected representatives and officials involved in relief operations since past three days, Mr. Stalin requested their participation in the next two days too.
Asked about a criticism by AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Mr. Stalin said: “I don’t want to discuss politics. Firstly, people have to be protected. We are involved in protecting the people. I have come here to discuss those issues and not willing to reply to all the statement he might make.”
Replying to a query about desilting in waterways and clearing up storm water drains, the Chief Minister said, “They are underway. We have constructed new and there might be blocks in old ones as well. They are [clearing them up] underway. In Chennai, over 1,000 motors have been kept ready in all necessary areas should there be any water stagnation, he said.
When asked whether any assistance from the Union government would be sought should there be any necessity, Mr. Stalin replied in the affirmative. Minister for Municipal Administration and Water Supply K.N. Nehru, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena and senior officials were also present. -- The Hindu Bureau