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Army, Air Force, Navy deployed in flood hit Chennai
The army, air force and navy were pressed into service on Wednesday for helping residents here, battling floods caused by the heaviest rains in the last 100 years in Tamil Nadu.
 
Four army columns have been deployed in the affected areas and additional columns have been placed on stand by, an official spokesperson said. The navy has sent three relief teams, consisting of around 90 sailors and officers.
 
A navy spokesperson said additional boats were being deployed. Arrangements have been made to shelter around 100 people at (E) shelter. Medical teams have been kept ready.
 
Naval ship INS Airavat has proceeded to Chennai from Visakhapatnam with relief material. The navy is also assessing the flood hit areas through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
 
The Indian Air Force meanwhile deployed C17 aircraft to carry three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Tirupati. It will be moving 12 teams.
 
Six Chetak helicopters and two Mi 17 helicopters were ready and one Chetak and one Cheetah helicopter were sent to conduct recces of the affected areas.
 
The unprecedented torrential rains, recorded as the heaviest in 100 years, have battered Tamil Nadu's northern districts such as Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Cuddalore, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said while speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
 
Jayalalithaa told Modi that the state machinery was geared up to tackle the challenges.
 
The state has deployed Disaster Response Force, fire and rescue service personnel and coastal security group in the affected places.
 
The rains stopped on Wednesday morning, offering some respite to the people. The weather office, however, on Wednesday forecast heavy rains in the next three days.
 
During the last spell of rains, around 180 people lost their lives in four districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Chennai rains: Airport closed, airlines suspend flights
Budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Chennai following the ongoing deluge as operations at the city's water-logged airport had been suspended till further orders.
 
"We are closely monitoring the situation in Chennai. All our operations at Chennai Airport have been suspended till further instructions as the airport is water-logged and the tarmac is submerged in one and half feet of water," SpiceJet said in a release.
 
"The whole city is cut off from the airport and SpiceJet officials along with the Airport Authority of India are on their toes providing solace to the passengers with all the available resources," it said.
 
"Refunds have also been offered to cancelled flights and alternatives have been offered where ever possible," G.P. Gupta, chief administrative officer SpiceJet, said in the statement.
 
On Tuesday, low-cost carrier IndiGo said all flights operating out of Chennai had been temporarily cancelled following closure of the airport.
 
"IndiGo assures all passengers will receive 100 percent refund against the flight cancellations made on grounds of weather conditions, and cancellation and change fee will be waived off for affected passengers till further notice," it said.
 
"All employees have been accommodated at safe locations," it added.
 
According to the city administration, Chennai Airport has been shut till Thursday morning and all flights have been cancelled after the runway got flooded, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
 
The unprecedented rains, the worst in 100 years, have battered Tamil Nadu's northern districts such as Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Cuddalore.
 
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Anonymous hacktivists announce plan to 'mock' IS
Hacking group Anonymous has vowed to take out social media accounts supporting the Islamic State militant group during a planned day of rage.
 
According to the online Daily Mail, the group was planning to post photographs of dead IS terrorists while bombarding their twitter feeds with pictures of goats.
 
The anarchist collective said it wants to devote December 11 to an anti-IS day of rage. 
 
The IS thrives off fear and hopes that by its actions it can silence all of us and get us to just lay low and hide in fear, the collective said.
 
"We will show them that we are not afraid, we will not just hide in our fear, we are the majority and with our strength in numbers we can make a real difference. We will mock them for the idiots they are...."
 
One group of activists has decided to post memes of terrorists with goats suggesting that many of them have an unnatural physical interest in the cloven-footed animals.
 
This follows an earlier attempt by activists to ridicule IS by posting photographs of terrorists online with rubber ducks.
 
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