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  • 800 passengers stranded in a railway station in southern Tamil Nadu
  • Passengers spent the night in train coaches
  • Floods in Tamil Nadu after heavy rains

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Tamil Nadu floods: 800 train passengers stuck, rescue work on

800 passengers were stranded at a railway station in southern Tamil Nadu

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Work to rescue about 800 passengers stranded at Srivaikuntam in southern Tamil Nadu is 'going on' and the exercise will be completed as soon as possible, an official said on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, the Army assisted evacuation of people from flood-hit areas and provided them medical care.

Though rainfall activity has almost come to a halt in most parts of southern Tamil Nadu, the inundation is still heavy, which continues to affect normalcy.

A railway official said the NDRF, Air Force, railway and local authorities are coordinating the rescue work. The passengers, stranded since early hours of Monday, spent the night in train coaches at Srivaikuntam railway station. Initially, 300 were housed in a nearby school and the others stayed at Srivaikuntam railway station.

On Monday night, troops assisted rescue of over 100 people, which includes 54 women, a pregnant lady and 19 children near Thoothukudi. Medical care and life support was provided to them, the Defence PRO Chennai said in a post on X.

From Delhi, Chief Minister M K Stalin held a virutal meet on Monday night with Ministers and district collectors of Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari and Tenkasi and asked them to continue rescue efforts in full swing as people were still stranded in several areas of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli districts.

Additional pumps to drain water has been dispatched by authorities to southern districts from Chennai and about 200 boats have been deployed as part of rescue efforts.

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