Chennai, Dec 2: Heavy rains continued to batter normal life in Chennai and many parts of Puducherry. Train and bus services severely disrupted.
Follow all news updates here on Wednesday, Dec 2:
10: 37 am: Chennai rain: Home Secretary chairs crisis meet. Senior Home Min, NDMA, defence officials attend
10.20 pm: Due to the unprecedented situation we have decided on Rajali airbase,its 40km from Chennai airport: Mahesh Sharma.
10.10 pm: Airbus 320 test landed at Rajali naval base in Arakkonam which will function as a make shift airport for passenger flights.
9.50 pm: Actor Manoj Kumar admitted to Mumbai's Kokilaben hospital. More details awaited.
9.45 pm: Have been distributing ready-to-eat food packets to Chennai Floods victims, each packet weighing 300 gm: Ilayaraza, Scientist ( DFRL)
9.30 pm: Cabinet approves rehabilitation package & upgradation of infra of Bangladeshi enclaves & Cooch Behar dist after transfer of enclaves between India-Bangladesh.
9.00 pm: Union Cabinet gives approval for a MoU between India and Maldives which was signed in Oct, 2015 in the field of sports and youth affairs.
8.50 pm: Union Cabinet gives approval for a MoU between India and Maldives which was signed in Oct, 2015 in the field of sports and youth affairs.
8.36 pm: AAI trying to shift stranded passengers at Chennai Airport to Tirupati and Bengaluru: Mahesh Sharma.
8.30 pm: Chennai Airport to remain closed till December 6: Mahesh Sharma,MoS,Civil Aviation.
8.20 pm: Union Cabinet approves budget of 1411.80 crore to be incurred b/w 2015-16 and 2018-19 for setting up and operationalization of six new IITs.
8.10 pm: Facing many difficulties, hope situation improves soon, say locals affected by Chennai floods.
8.00 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till Thursday.
7.45 pm: Have asked my Chief Secy to talk to TN's Chief Secy, to give assistance of about Rs 5 crores: Siddaramaiah on Chennai floods.
7.30 pm: Centre should provide whatever help they can,for restoration & rehabilitation work in TN: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.
7.19 pm: Have asked Govt to proclaim Chennai floods as natural disaster,take measures to provide rescue &relief operations, says Kanimozhi.
7.00 pm: I have decided to donate my 1st month's salary to relief fund for Chennai floods victims, says Tejashwi Yadav.
6.17 pm: Have evacuated more than 500 people so far and we are getting calls, messages from affected people, attending them, says NDRF DG O P Singh.
5.31 pm: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik spoke to TN CM Jayalalithaa, conveying his concern over torrential and recurring rains in TN.
4.32 pm: The rainfall in Chennai is likely to continue for about a week, but situation critical for the next 48 hours, says L S Rathore, IMD DG.
4.05 pm: BJP wins all 6 municipal corporations.
3.40 pm: We need to extend moral support to people in Chennai. Many people are stranded in the airport: Venkaiah Naidu in RS.
3.10 pm: 509 Crore released to TN from State Disaster Relief Fund. Total 25 NDRF team deployed for relief efforts in rain-hit state.
2.58 pm: Singer Ghulam Ali agrees to sing in Kerala in January, will be participating in a programme organised by Swaralaya.
2.05 pm: BJP will bring 10 amendments in the bill in the assembly today.
1.30 pm: There is no food since yesterday,water entered suddenly, we had no warning. Now boats here: Bhagya
1.22 pm: Chennai airport totally waterlogged, about 700 passengers stuck.
12.37 pm: Rescue and Relief operations in progress. 3 Army Columns involved. Additional teams being inducted: Defence Ministry.
12.25 pm: More heavy rain expected till tomorrow in TN, after which the intensity will decrease but rainfall will continue: Director, India Met Dept.
11: 38 am: Rain in coastal areas of South India expected to continue for next 72 hours: IMD chief LS Rathore
11: 10 am: Rajya Sabha to discuss situation on Chennai rains around 3-4 PM today: Reports
10: 50 am: States do not have suo motu power to grant remission to convicts under CrPC provisions: SC on Rajiv Gandhi killing case
10: 46 am: SC says Tamil Nadu Govt cannot release Former PM Rajiv Gandhi's killers without consent from centre
10: 20 am: The situation is quite grave; We'll offer all support needed for the state govt: Rajnath Singh on Chennai rain
10: 05 am: Chennai rain: Navy deploys INS Airawat with an integrated helicopter from Visakhapatnam for rescue and relief operations
9: 57 pm: IndiGo6E airlines cancels all inbound & outbound flights to & fro Chennai due to heavy rains.
9: 52 am: Gujarat Civic Poll latest result: Vadodara- BJP 4,Congress 2. Rajkot- BJP 6 ,Congress 4. Surat- BJP 4, Congress-0
9: 42 am: Gujarat local body poll results: BJP leading in 4 seats and Congress 2 in Vadodara
9: 32 am: Counting of votes underway for Gujarat civic polls
9: 10 am: Chennai rain: "Airport as of now is closed for all operations as water reaches the runway," says Deepak Shastri, Airport Director
8: 52 am: Congress Rajya Sabha MPs to hold a strategy meeting in Parliament today at 10am
8: 38 am: Our teams from Odisha and Bihar are not able to land in Chennai due to waterlogging at the airport: NDRF DG OP Singh
8.32 am: Rains break 100-year-old record in Chennai, army pressed into action.