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Chennai, Dec 20 – The Indian Navy on Tuesday assisted the Tamil Nadu government in rescue and relief operations in rain-hit southern districts of the state.

In response to the flood situations in the southern districts of Tamilnadu, the Indian Navy undertook relief measures based on the request of the Tamilnadu government.

Indian Naval Station Parundhu in Ramanathapuram operated an ALH helicopter today for two hours to drop 150 Kg of flood relief material to the passengers stranded at Srivaikundam railway station in the Tuticorin district.

Two Dornier aircrafts of the Indian Navy have been positioned at Madurai airport to transport relief material to Tuticorin Airport. First batch of relief material (410 Kg) was landed at Tuticorin Airport by today morning. Second batch of relief supplies (approx 3.5 Tonnes) would be taken to Tuticorin tomorrow.

Air sorties could not be undertaken to landed second batch of supplies at Tuticorin due to unfavourable weather.

Two flood relief teams (one each from INS Kattabomman and Chennai) comprising 10 personnel are deployed in flood affected area.

The teams have rescued over 150 people so far and distributed relief material to around 250 families.

In addition to this a Dornier Aircraft, ALH helicopters and First Response Team are being continuously deployed to render assistance to the affected people from the Indian Navy.