The havoc created by the continuous downpour over the past couple of days has claimed 269 deaths till Friday as per official records. But a recent update has raised the alarm where a new broke out that 18 ICU patients at Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT) hospital die due to failure of oxygen cylinders and lack of electricity in Chennai. The situation in the southern state has worsen with more deaths are expected to follow in the coming days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi after doing a aerial survey on Thursday had already announced and additive relief package of Rs 1,000 crore to the earlier sanctioned package of Rs 940 crore. However, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has sought the disbursement of Rs 5,000 crore immediately so that the relief could be fastened. With the recent deaths, the health secretary has issued a medical warning and said that whatever is in place should reach out.
Relief from the incessant rains does not seem to stop in Tamil Nadu as Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared that the submerged state will see more rains in the next 24 hours. Relief teams from Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indian Navy and 30 National Disaster Response force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to help the displaced people.
However, the state has been in a devastated condition since November 15. Be it academic institutions, offices or health sector, all are in dilapidated condition. There is no electricity, no landline connection and no transport facilities being seen live. Both the state and the central government has extended their full support to the affected people and said that they are with them in the tough times.