CHENNAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the first urban flood mitigation project worth Rs 561.29 crore, titled ‘Integrated Urban Flood Management Activities for Chennai Basin Project,’ under the National Disaster Mitigation Fund (NDMF). The project, which includes Central assistance of Rs. 500 crore, aims to make Chennai flood-resilient.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed this through X (formally called Twitter), that the governments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh affected by severe cyclonic storm Michaung, PM Modi has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to “release in advance the central share of the second installment of SDRF of Rs 493.60 crore to Andhra Pradesh and Rs 450 crore to Tamil Nadu.”
“This mitigation project will help make Chennai flood resilient. This is the first in a series of urban flood mitigation efforts and will help develop a broader framework for urban flood management,” he further added.
According to the union minister, this is the first in a succession of urban flood mitigation activities that will contribute to the development of a comprehensive framework for urban flood management.
Severe cyclonic storm Michaung has affected Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Though the extent of damage is varied, many areas of these states are inundated, thus affecting standing crops.
To help the state Governments with the management of relief necessitated by the cyclonic…
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Meanwhile, once the aerial inspection was completed, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with Chief Minister MK Stalin at the state secretariat. To deal with the problem, the CM is likely to seek quick financial aid.
Amidst the ongoing recovery efforts in Chennai following Cyclone Michaung, the Indian Air Force (IAF) tirelessly continued its relief operations. The IAF airdropped a total of 2,300 kg of essential relief material to residents in flood-affected areas across the city. This vital aid included food, water, and other supplies crucial for those impacted by the cyclone’s aftermath.