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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 07:32 IST

Navy resumes rescue ops in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli & 2 other districts amidst TN's flood crisis

Indian Navy & Air Force conducted extensive rescue ops, aiding flood-affected areas in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Indian Navy resumes rescue ops in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari
Indian Navy resumes rescue ops in Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari | Image:ANI
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Chennai Rains lIVE: Amidst heavy rains causing widespread devastation in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Navy has resumed its extensive rescue operations in the southern region of the state, as per reports. Commander Ravi Kumar Dhingra, overseeing the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval areas, confirmed the successful rescue of several stranded individuals from the severely affected areas in south Tamil Nadu.

Commander Ravi Kumar Dhingra, overseeing the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval areas. |  Image: ANI

"On Monday morning, the moment we were told about deploying our personnel into action, both our units in south Tamil Nadu, INS Kattabomman and INS Parundu, sent their teams out. INS Parundu has a helicopter squadron. They immediately mobilized their helicopter based on the information we received regarding rescuing people who were stranded on treetops or rooftops," stated Dhingra. He highlighted the crucial role played by INS Parundu's helicopter squadron, which rescued approximately 17 people, including three pregnant women, from perilous situations such as being stranded on treetops or rooftops.

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Detailing the operations further, Dhingra mentioned that INS Kattabomman deployed a team of 35 personnel who navigated through flooded areas caused by incessant rainfall to reach the nearest affected locations.

Apart from conducting rescue operations, the Indian Navy extended support by distributing food and relief supplies at the Srivaikundam railway station in Thoothukudi. To aid 500 stranded individuals at the station, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) was utilized to distribute essential provisions.

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Simultaneously, as per earlier reports, the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters have been engaged in rescue operations since daybreak yesterday on Wednesday, December 20, delivering crucial relief materials to citizens trapped in the flood-affected regions of Tamil Nadu. These helicopters operated from Madurai and Tuticorin and successfully delivered over 5.5 tonnes of supplies.

The districts most severely impacted by the relentless rains include Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu's Public Works Minister EV Velu reported eight casualties in rain-related incidents in the district. Both the state and central governments joined forces to execute a comprehensive rescue and relief operation for the affected populace.

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Assuring support, the office of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh affirmed that the Central Government was extending every possible assistance to Tamil Nadu in light of the continuous rains. State authorities also confirmed ongoing relief operations, loading food packets and essential supplies onto India Coast Guard ALH at Madurai airport.

Despite the situation, the India Meteorological Department issued a warning of light rainfall for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal for the upcoming six days, forecasting light to moderate rainfall in select areas.

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 07:31 IST

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