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PM Modi affirms support to Tamil Nadu, deputes Sitharaman to monitor flood situation 

Following the severe impact of Cyclone Michaung, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has affirmed aid for Tamil Nadu and assigned Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to monitor the flood situation.

In a post on X, Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister's prompt attention to the dire situation.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me to inquire about the unprecedented floods in Southern Tamil Nadu, immediately after Cyclone Michaung,” CM Stalin said in the post.

The Chief Minister notified the Prime Minister of the urgent need for financial support from the Union government to address the mounting challenges faced by the state.

“I have explained to him the massive rescue and relief efforts undertaken by the state government, despite resource constraints, and sought immediate financial support from the Union government,” he added.

In response to the Chief Minister's plea, PM Modi assured full support from the Union government to help Tamil Nadu overcome these twin calamities.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister conveyed that Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been assigned to monitor the flood situation on the ground.

“Prime Minister has assured the support of the Union government to overcome these twin calamities and conveyed that he has deputed Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to assess the flood situation,” Stalin said.

As Tamil Nadu wrestles with the aftermath of the cyclone and flood, the state administration and the Central government have collectively initiated a substantial rescue and relief mission to aid the affected populace.

Amid the ongoing flooding, a total of 35 fatalities have been recorded, with Thoothukudi district registering 22 deaths and Tirunelveli reporting 13 casualties.

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, Shiv Das Meena, on Saturday declared that the rescue operation in the flood-affected southern districts of the state has concluded. The immediate focus is now directed towards reinstating basic services in these areas. Despite this progress, communication networks in some districts continue to face disruptions in the aftermath of the flood.

The incessant rainfall across the state has resulted in roads and railway tracks being submerged.

Inputs: ANI

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