The Mylapore police zonal team did some great work to tackle the effects of the deluge the past weeks.
Led by Deputy Commissioner, V. Balakrishnan the team did two critical acts – encouraged the fishermen of San Thome’s kuppams to lend their boats and men for rescuer work and lent support and leadership to the police in Kotturpuram, a area which was badly hit by the deluge.
The DCP and his team realized that Kotturpuram’s colonies on the banks of the Adyar river were in great danger as the floodwaters has breached the river banks on December 2 morning. The waters had begun to flood and rise in the area’s colonies – those of the tenements as well as bungalows.
The DCP and his team reached out to Nocchikuppam fisher folks, loaded their boats and the men and headed to the flooded area. Ropes were tied along roadsides to help rescuers and people hold on against the powerful waters. Boats were sent in to rescue the worst affected.
And all this was done before the National Disaster Relief teams from across India flew in.
It was this initial rescue efforts – by the police and the fisher folks – that save many lives that December 2 when the deluge swamped the city.
Recently, the DCP invited the fisherfolk to his office on Kutchery Road, felicitated them and assured them that he would do to get their boats repaired and be rewarded for the effort.