Rescue and relief operations were in full swing in the worst flood-affected areas of Chennai and suburbs and neighbouring districts which enjoyed a welcome respite from torrential rains as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore in aid to Tamil Nadu.

Heavy rains continued to lash coastal Cuddalore district, one of the worst affected areas ever since North-East monsoon fury started early last month, and Villupuram and Kanyakumari districts and Puducherry as the death toll in the state mounted to 269.

Modi visited Chennai yesterday to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods and also took an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts in Tamil Nadu.

Indian environment experts attending the Paris climate change summit have already said that the rains in the city were an outcome of the ever warming planet.

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