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Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 18:28 IST

As rains batter Tamil Nadu, 696 pregnant women evacuated in Tirunelveli

According to the District Collector, as many as 142 pregnant women were admitted to various hospitals and delivered babies in the last two days

Srinwanti Das
Pregnant women evacuated
IAF’s special forces rescue pregnant woman & baby as flood crisis persists | Image:Indian Air Force
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Tirunelveli: As heavy rains continued to lash the Tirunelveli district in southern Tamil Nadu, leading to a flood-like situation and throwing life out of gear, the district administration shifted 696 pregnant women to safety as a precautionary measure, officials said. According to the District Collector, as many as 142 pregnant women were admitted to various hospitals and delivered babies in the last two days.

Recently, visuals capturing the heroic efforts of the IAF's Garud special forces, ensuring the safety of the child among other rescued individuals amid the intensified rescue operations across the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, went viral. IAF helicopters successfully evacuated four passengers, including a pregnant woman and a 1.5-year-old baby, airlifting them safely to Madurai, Defence officials stated on December 19.

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Visuals captured the heroic efforts of the IAF's Garud special forces | Image: ANI

Visuals captured the heroic efforts of the IAF's Garud special forces, ensuring the safety of the child among other rescued individuals amid the intensified rescue operations across the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. The Indian Air Force (IAF) had mobilised helicopters for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions in Tamil Nadu following unprecedented rainfall in the last 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, the Central team also visited Tirunelveli to assess the damage caused by flood and rainfall in the Southern district. The Indian Navy undertook rescue operations in the southern part of the state amid relentless heavy rain causing widespread damage in Tamil Nadu. 

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Indian Navy helicopters flew seven sorties and airdropped 3.2 tons of relief material in the inaccessible flood-affected areas of Tamil Nadu, including Srivaikuntam, on Thursday.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 18:28 IST

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