In the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has swiftly allocated a substantial sum of one crore and 90 lakh rupees for the crucial task of cleaning schools in the cyclone-ravaged districts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, and Thiruvallur. As the floodwaters recede, the state government is actively engaged in comprehensive relief efforts across the affected regions.
The commitment to recovery is evident in the organization of over 800 medical camps in Chennai and its adjacent districts. Health Minister Ma Subramanian, in conversation with ANI, emphasized the collaborative efforts with private hospitals to conduct medical camps along the Adayar River areas at Saidapet.
“We have collaborated with seven private hospitals and are conducting medical camps on the banks of the Adayar River at Saidapet. If needed, this could be extended to other places in Chennai also,” stated the Health Minister.
Since the onset of the Northeast Monsoon, over 16,500 medical camps have been organized, benefiting more than 780,000 individuals. The public response has been positive, with citizens expressing appreciation for the thorough medical examinations and the provision of free medicines.
Simultaneously, the Chennai Corporation is undertaking a rapid cleanup operation to address the accumulated waste and debris. J Radhakrishnan, the Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner, assured that within 72 hours, all waste would be cleared from the city.
“Corporation workers and others are doing relief work across Chennai following Cyclone Michaung. Water has receded almost in all areas. As water recedes, we need to take care of public health,” said Radhakrishnan.
He further highlighted the significant progress made in waste removal since December 6, with 28,563 metric tons of waste already cleared. Waste will be shifted to Perungudi and Kodangayur dump yards, including 25,113 metric tons of normal waste and around 3,449 metric tons of garden waste.
While substantial progress is evident, some areas in North and South Chennai continue to grapple with flooding and drainage issues, prompting residents to appeal for prompt government intervention. The state remains committed to addressing these challenges and facilitating a swift recovery for the affected communities.