Ministry of External Affairs has come to the rescue of those who have lost their passports or got them damaged due to the floods in Chennai. That too free of charge!
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted:
If your passport is lost or damaged in floods, pl go to any of three PSKs in Chennai. They will issue u fresh passport free of charge. Pl RT
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 7, 2015
Reports suggest that unprecedented torrential downpour in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu has caused massive loss of property and valuables.
So, clearly this news may give some relief to Chennaites.
Meanwhile, the met department has predicted heavy rains across coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. As Chennai continued to limp back to normalcy, fears remain over what a fresh bout of rains could mean for the ongoing relief operations.
Though domestic flights took off from the city’s airport on Sunday, the status of international flights, scheduled to begin operations on Monday, remained unclear.
As a result of massive floods, a large number of city residents are now facing shortage of food, and basic amenities. For many the rains have already washed out their valuables including vehicles and mobiles.
The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday said 14,32924 people rescued from flood affected areas are housed in relief camps in Chennai and neighbouring districts of Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.
The Chennai central station and Egmore station, the two railway stations in the city, have become operational again after a week.
A report in The Indian Express also suggests that banks may resort to non-documentary verification methods for those who may not have access to their normal identification and personal records. They can open a small account based on the photograph and signature or thumb impression in front of the bank official.
Bank officials are standing near ATM machines, hospitals, railway stations and other important places to dispense cash with hand-held machines.