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TN: Minister Anitha Radhakrishnan rescued by the fire and rescue services personnel

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In Tamil Nadu, State Fisheries Minister Anitha Radhakrishnan was rescued by the fire and rescue services personnel today. His residence at Eral was in the flood hit Tuticorin district. Passengers stranded at many railway stations have been rescued and transported through buses. After flood waters have been pumped out from Tirunelveli train junction, rail services have been partially restored according to the State Transport Minister Sivasankar.

A communication from the Southern Railway announced cancellation of three trains and partial cancellation of another two trains which run between Kanyakumari and Tiruchendur. Bus transport services to Tirunelveli have been restored and will serve free for stranded passengers from Tiruchendur and other flood hit areas.

The first batch of Indian army has reached the flood hit Srivaikuntam area to carry out rescue work. The pregnant woman who was rescued by the Indian Airforce delivered a baby boy safely at the Madurai Government Hospital. Though flood waters have receded, agricultural fields remain flooded.

The Central Team is also visiting the flood hit areas of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli presently. The Coast Guard has sent two helicopters carrying more than 600 kilos of relief materials this morning.

Tamilnadu Governor R.N. Ravi yesterday chaired a review meeting on the flood situation in Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and neighbouring districts. He reviewed the rescue and relief operations carried out by the Central agencies and defence forces in flood hit areas.

The Indian Coast Guard said that rescue operations had been carried out with the help of ten teams, IAF officials appraised that the rescue operation was carried out through Kayaks and Dornier aircraft. The Indian Navy updated that Naval personnel were deployed from INS Kattabomman and INS Parundu. The Governor asked them to mobilise additional standby resources and ensured that he will facilitate additional resources from central agencies.

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