The state government had asked the IAF to conclude its week-long rescue and relief operations which were undertaken amid challenging weather conditions.
    
The IAF had responded swiftly to the flood crisis in the Chennai region, commencing operations at dawn on December 2 even as the rains continued.
    
"We have deployed all our assets needed for the operations and weather is the only bottleneck", a top IAF official, heading the entire operations had said on December 3.
    
Tambaram Air Base, 30 kms outside of Chennai and Arakkonam Naval Base, 70 kms west of the capital city, served as the nodal points for the entire operations during which hundreds of college students were rescued and 4-5 pregnant women were also airlifted.
    
The Air force airlifted 30 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams and five Indian Army columns into the affected areas.

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