'My gratitude to them': MK Stalin lauds the frontliners for steadfastly fixing the damages caused by Mandous!

As Chennai is gradually getting back to normalcy after bracing up the cyclonic storm Mandous that made landfall during the midnight hours of Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has extended his gratitude to the frontliners for steadfastly responding and fixing the disruptions caused due to the landfall. Chief Minister MK Stalin toured several parts of Chennai on Saturday to took stock of the damages brought by the cyclone and how they are being fixed. 

MK Stalin took top ministers and senior officials with him and he gave necessary orders after reviewing the damages. The Chief Minister was joined by ministers KN Nehru, Sekar Babu, Chennai Mayor Priya, and Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal as he travelled across the coastal stretch. Cyclone Mandous made the landfall between the night hours of Friday and the wee hours of Saturday. 

Ahead of the landfall, the state government had deployed necessary measures and manpower and set up hundreds of relief camps to shelter the evacuated people. The residents of the city were given advisories and the electricity supply was suspended in several parts of Chennai as a precautionary measure. Hundreds of personnel from the National and State Disaster Response Force were stationed in ten districts. 

The cyclone made the landfall with heavy rainfall and with gusty wind speed of 65-75 kmph and though there were no major inundations, hundreds of trees were uprooted and dozens of walls were collapsed. Around 25,000 workers were deployed across Chennai to respond to the disruptions and the corporation has issued emergency helpline numbers. The civic body had a busy night as the workers were clearing the uprooted trees and pumping out the water from the inundated areas. 

Chief Minister MK Stalin has begun reviewing the situation on Saturday morning and after visiting the response team at the corporation headquarters, he drove to Thiruvanmiyur and took stock of the situation in Kottivakkam and the adjacent areas that are close to the East Coast Road (ECR). Besides visiting the affected areas, MK Stalin had also distributed the relief materials to the people and covering the coastal stretch of the city, he then visited Kasimedu, which suffered more damages where dozens of boats were submerged due to the cyclone. 

He inspected the affected areas and expedited the relief works. After the inspection, he distributed food and relief materials to the people in Kasimedu. During his visit, the Chief Minister addressed the reporters and said that Chennai is getting back to normalcy within hours after the landfall. MK Stalin said, "I inspected the affected areas. Corporation workers have worked very well. Four people have lost their lives in this heavy rainfall. 98 cattle had also died. 151 houses and huts got damaged, other damages are being calculated. In Chennai 400 trees uprooted." 

He cited that around 9,000 people from 3,000 families are being sheltered in hundreds of relief camps and the authorities are responding to the damages immediately. "The trees that were uprooted due to cyclone Mandous are cleared immediately. The corporation workers, police personnel, healthcare workers, and all the government staff worked well. I extend my gratitude to them", Stalin added.

He further said that the people are completely satisfied with the government's relief works. After completing his visit, he went to the Secretariat and held a high-level meeting during which he reviewed the damages caused by cyclone Mandous and discussed about the measures that the needs to take to mitigate the disruption. The meeting was attended by senior ministers Durai Murugan, Sekar Babu, and KN Nehru and Chief Secretary Irai Anbu.