As rain-hit Tamil Nadu limps back to normalcy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in the state capital of Chennai on Monday, called upon the country’s media to “take a lead in the battle against climate change”.

Speaking on the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil daily Dina Thanthi, Modi said: “Natural calamities seem to be occurring with increasing frequency across world. Can media take a lead in battle against climate change?”

Prior to the event, Modi assured Tamil Nadu of full assistance from the Centre to handle the situation arising out of heavy rains and floods.

“On landing in Chennai, PM Narendra Modi discussed the situation arising due to heavy rains and floods in Chennai and other parts… with the Chief Minister (K. Palaniswami) and Deputy Chief Minister (O. Panneerselvam)…

“He assured them of all assistance from the Centre,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

At least 14 persons have lost their lives due to heavy rains in the state last week.

Modi further highlighted that “freedom to write, does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect” and that the media should make “extra effort” to maintain their credibility.

Modi is also likely to meet ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi at his residence at around 12.30 pm.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister, Karunanidhi, 93, has been wheelchair-bound since 2010. He has been getting medical treatment at home. Karunanidhi fell ill in October, 2016 due to a drug- induced allergy.

A consultation meeting with local BJP leaders may also take place before Modi returns to Delhi later in the day.