Tamil Nadu deluge: Army rescues 65 people, more soldiers on way

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More soldiers reached Tamil Nadu on Wednesday to join relief and rescue efforts in the flood-ravaged regions, and officials said they had rescued 65 stranded people so far.

Fifteen of them were taken out of a bus that was stranded in a flooded area in Chennai, an official statement said. Fifty others were rescued in Gudvancheri and Mudichur in Chennai.

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The army was deployed in Chennai, where large areas have gone under water following torrential rains, on Tuesday night.

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Two flood rescue and relief columns comprising troops from the Garrison Infantry Battalion and Engineer units are active in Tambaram, Mudichur, Manipakam, Guduvancheri and Urapakkam areas of Chennai.

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A third army team joined the operations on Wednesday, and a fourth column was on its way to Chennai from Bengaluru by road, the statement said.

“Additional army resources are being mobilized for providing assistance to flood affected areas,” it added.

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