The Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has announced that the residents of Chennai whose passports were either damaged or lost in the floods can get a fresh one without paying renewal charges.

The fresh passports will be issued at the three Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Chennai, Swaraj said in a tweet on Monday.

"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," Swaraj said.

Thousands of homes and residential buildings were damaged in the heavy rains and floods in Chennai in the last couple of weeks and huge losses were incurred in terms of property.

The relief work is underway in Chennai as the residents are trying to get their life back to normalcy.