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Fishermen's services sought to rescue marooned people

Staff Reporter

Residents stranded in Karumandapam, Edamalaipattipudur etc.

TIRUCHI : Four boats were pressed into operation and the services of 30 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were requisitioned by Rotary Clubs in Tiruchi to rescue hundreds of residents stranded by floods in Karumandapam, Edamalaipattipudur, Srinivasa Nagar and Vengur regions in the district.

Food packets prepared round the clock by Rotaract members and other volunteers were taken in boats to those in the marooned areas. Mineral water, variety rice particularly tamarind and lime rice that would last for two days, were being distributed since Friday by the volunteers, with support from the striking force personnel of the city police, said Rajadurai G. Michael, Rotary District 3000 governor-nominee.

Parts of Karumandapam and Srinivasa Nagar were still under neck-deep water. The rescue operations were mainly directed at helping older residents who are in a helpless situation.

Rotary Clubs of Tiruchi and Cauvery roped in corporates in a large-scale initiative that would continue till the scores of affected daily-bread earners are able to resume their routine activity for sustenance, Mr. Rajadurai said, adding that philanthropists willing to join the initiative can contact him at 98948- 33333.

Youths continue to lend their self-less service in helping those in distress as well as regulating traffic in the flood-hit area of Karumandapam in the city. Braving the heavy water-logging, they waded into the neck-deep to evacuate those in the low-lying areas to safer places. Even before an assistance is sought they act in a group and volunteer themselves in regulating traffic as well as in lifting the vehicles that get struck up from the large potholes.

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