People from State return home from flood-hit Chennai

People from State return home from flood-hit Chennai

People from Karnataka stranded in the flood-hit Chennai region are now returning.
A team of 15 employees from the Department of Labour who had gone on training to Chennai were traced by the NDRF personnel. They returned to the City on Thursdaynight.

They had to cut short their training, said an official from the National Disaster Management Cell, Bengaluru.

Ullas Poojari was unreachable in Chennai while his father had expired in Udupi. Hearing of this the NDRF team launched a search for him and looked for him at all probable addresses. He was found after a day’s search and the team put him on a bus to Karnataka. He is now on his way to Udupi.

“We are doing everything we can to find people from the State and bring them back. The number of inquiries have come down, as many people have been tracked and are returning,” the official said.

He pointed out that most of the perishable items which have been sent from Bengaluru to Chennai by road are going waste as there is no coordination in Chennai. “There are no volunteers there to collect the items and hand it over to the needy. Also, many private people who have taken the items there are not able to reach the affected areas.

Though the situation is improving and water in some places has started to recede, a proper plan to channelise help is not yet chalked out. Thus, most aid is not reaching where it has to. This is why, we are waiting for an official demand list from the Tamil Nadu government. They have told us that their prime agenda is rescue,” he said.

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