Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister also met senior Cabinet colleagues, including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu and reportedly discussed emergency measures to be taken to assist the government in rain-ravaged Tamil Nadu, and especially help the people of Chennai, which has been the recipient of heavy rains over the last week.

The Centre has described the situation in Chennai as 'worrisome'. For the first time in over 40 years, the water has risen rapidly on the river breaching the road and the Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Saidapet cutting the arterial Anna Salai (Mount Road), rendering it out of bounds for motorists.

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Rains abated in Chennai today giving relief to people tormented by the heavy downpour of the last three days but excessive discharge of water last night from Chembarambakkam lake on the outskirts flooded new areas of the city threatening to uproot people from their homes.The sky is overcast without any fresh rainfall and people are worried about the forecast of showers over the next three days.

Indian Air Force today airlifted 200 stranded passengers from flood-hit Chennai and flew them to Hyderabad. Over 50,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes in various areas and lodged in relief centres opened by the Chennai Corporation. Over 188 people have died due to various rain related accidents.

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