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Cries for help continue as normalcy creeps back in deluged Chennai
Life in flood-hit Chennai is slowly limping back to normalcy, with sun shining on Tuesday, but there were still areas, especially suburban, where the situation is still very grim and relief yet to reach the despondent residents.
 
Rescue and relief operations were going on in water logged areas including north Chennai, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts, but some areas were still cut off.
 
"The Anakaputtur area (a Chennai suburb but falling under Kanchipuram district) is still under several feet of water with government relief measures not reaching the people there," Geetha Mohandas, a resident, told IANS.
 
Even in city where the flood water has receded, life continues to be a struggle as people have to clear the slush and also look out for safe drinking water as the piped water is contaminated with sewage.
 
Shops opened up and a massive clean up operation have been initiated in the affected districts where the water levels have receded.
 
Schools and colleges remain closed in 12 districts. Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa said the half-yearly exams should be held only January 2016 and this is applicable to all schools in the state.
 
She also said domestic users can pay their power bills up to January 31, 2016.
 
Resumption of auto-rickshaw services and public transport made people's life easier after being completely crippled for the past six days. Southern Railways however has cancelled some long distance trains at Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations.
 
General insurers are expecting a flood loss claims out go of not less than Rs.1,500 crore towards damages to factory stocks, vehicles and others.
 
Car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd announced that it is geared up to meet the rush for vehicle servicing post floods by bringing technicians from other parts of the country and two truck loads of spare parts.
 
Corporates have started contributing to the relief fund with information technology player Cognizant committing Rs.260 crore towards relief works and loan assistance to its employees and business partners.
 
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meanwhile visited Chennai, Cuddalore and Puducherry to see the situation.
 
Meanwhile, the weather department has forecast heavy rains in coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, due to low pressure in Bay of Bengal.
 
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Russia targets IS from submarine deployed in Mediterranean
Russia attacked the Islamic State positions in Syria with Kalibr missiles fired by the submarine deployed in the Mediterranean Sea, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
 
"It was the first time that Kalibr cruise missiles were fired by the Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea," Tass news agency quoted Shoigu as saying during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
 
According to Shoigu, the missile launch was carried out by the sub from a submerged position, striking two major targets of the IS.
 
"The objectives were two major points of terrorists in Syrian Raqqa province ... We are confident to say that the strikes brought quite significant damage to an ammunition warehouse and a mine plant, as well as to the oil infrastructure," Shoigu said. 
 
According to him, both Israel and the US were informed of Russia's plans of striking terrorist positions using missiles from the submarine.
 
The Russian minister also said that in the past three days, more than 300 sorties were made by Tu-22 long-range bombers and other Russian aircraft deployed at Syria's Hmeimim airbase, hitting more than 600 targets.
 
During the meeting, Putin urged an analysis of the damage and functions of new high-precision weapons which were used in Russian airstrikes in Syria.
 
"Both Kalibr and Kh-101 missiles have performed well. These are new, state-of-the-art highly efficient weapons, and now we see it, " Putin said. "These weapons can be equipped with both conventional and special, even nuclear, warheads. Naturally, such weapons will not be needed in anti-terrorist efforts and I hope they will not be needed at all."
 
Moreover, the black box of the downed Russian Su-24 warplane in late November was presented to Putin at the meeting.
 
"As I understand, the flight data recorder will give us the opportunity to confirm the Su-24's trajectory from the moment of its take-off to its crash," Putin said. "This means we will be able to understand where it was (at the moment of the downing) and where the treacherous strike from the Turkish Air Force was conducted."
 
Putin urged a "thorough, attentive and high-professional" study of the flight recorder with international experts, inviting "anybody who would like to join."
 
The Su-24 was shot down on November 24 by Turkey over purported airspace violation of Turkey by the Russian fighter jet and ignorance of multiple warnings, while Russia insisted the Su-24 flew over Syrian skies during the whole flight.
 
According to Putin, the information obtained from the flight recorder would not change Russia's attitude to what the Turkish authorities did.
 
"I repeat that we used to regard Turkey not only as a friendly country also as an ally in fighting terrorism. No one expected such a mean and treacherous stab in the back," Putin said.
 
Ties between Moscow and Ankara worsened drastically after the incident, with Russia imposing a series of sanctions on Turkey and calling off its military contacts with Turkey.
 
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Rains add to people's woes in flood-hit Chennai
Rains resumed here late on Tuesday after a two-day respite, adding to woes of the people hit by floods and torrential rains for a week.
 
The Met Office has predicted heavy showers till December 11. According to weather office, there might be heavy rains in coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, due to low pressure formed around the Bay of Bengal.
 
The Southern Railway has cancelled several long distance trains in Chennai, officials said.
 
According to officials, schools and colleges on Wednesday remained closed in eight districts of Tamil Nadu.
 
The civic bodies are working hard to ensure a check on any epidemic outbreak here.
 
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