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764/2023-24 20-12-2023
Chennai
Southern Railway in coordination with NDRF, State Fire service and Air force safely evacuate all the stranded passengers from Srivaikuntam station & school


Southern Railway in coordination with NDRF, State Fire service and Air force safely evacuate all the stranded passengers from Srivaikuntam station & school

Railway’s rescue team of RPF & Commercial officials reaches Srivaikuntam first braving adverse weather and road condition

Air force choppers airdrop supply of food and water

Medical team kept in readiness for immediate assistance at Vanchi Maniyachchi

Special Train from Vanchi Maniyachchi to Chennai Egmore to be run for carrying the stranded passengers

In the aftermath of heavy rains and flooding in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts from 17.12.2023, train traffic was disrupted as track parameters have been breached o­n certain sections.

From 21.19 hours of 17-12-2023, around 800 passengers of Train No.20606 Express (Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore) remained stranded at Srivaikuntam Railway Station and the school nearby as the train had to terminate at the station due to unsafe track conditions ahead.  Considering the extreme speed of water currents and breaches enroute, no rescue team could reach the location o­n 18.12.2023.

Even the chopper belonging to the Indian Airforce that took off from Sulur base at 16:40 of 18-12-2023 could not air drop the food and relief material due to adverse weather conditions and poor lighting.

Food and water was arranged with the help of State Police and local people at both the school where 300 stranded passengers were accommodated and also at Srivaikuntam station where 500 passengers were staying in the train.

Railway team reaches first

Railway staff of Madurai Division were the first to reach Srivaikuntam station.  RPF Team from Tirunelveli under the supervision of Shri.Praveeen Kumar, Inspector/RPF/TEN along with 7 RPF Staff besides 02 Commercial Supervisors rushed to the Srivaikuntam o­n 18.12.2023 with water bottles, other food items braving the extreme water currents by using different transport means such as truck, jeep and towards the end walking in the above chest level flood water for about 3 Kms and supplied water and other food items to the passengers. This instilled great hope for rescue amongst stranded passengers.

Later, 3 choppers from Indian Air Force air dropped food packets and water to the stranded passengers.

Evacuation process

Following the reaching of the Railway team, NDRF also reached the station nearly after 30 long hours of their attempt in reaching the station. They immediately swung into the evacuation process along with Railway Protection Force and Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services.

By sunset of 19-12-2023, all the 509 passengers from the Station were evacuated and taken to the buses that were kept ready for plying them to VanchiManiyacchi Station where a special train has been kept ready for their o­nward journey to Chennai.

The stranded passengers walked through water which was below knee level for a distance of about 3 kms and after which they were taken by buses to Maniyacchi Stations after rendering medical assistance by the Railway medical team.
They were helped with nylon ropes to wade through the water. The old and infirmed were carried in stretchers with the help of RPF and NDRF.

Of the 300 stranded accommodated at a school in Srivaikuntam,after the water had receded 270 passengers have moved outon their own as most of them had belonged to the local/nearby districts.  The remaining 30 passengers are also being evacuated with the help of RPF and will be moved by road to Maniyachhi. Station.

Special Train at Vanchi Maniyachchi

A special train will be run from Vanchi Maniyachi Station to Chennai Egmore  for evacuation of all the stranded passengers.  The train will be run o­n the same route of Train No.20606 Chendur Express via Kovilpatti, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchchirappalli, Thanjavur, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore Port, Villupuram, Chengalpattu, Tambaram

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