Clear weather provided opportunity to the Air Force team to carry our ample number of sorties for relief and rescue operations. The rescued included both stranded civilians and defence personnel many of whom themselves were unable to move around in the wake of the torrential rains that has pounds the city lately.
A senior Naval officer said, "Around 150 people, 130 among them being civilians and rest from the defence forces were rescued and sent in a private airliner which operated two rescue flights from our base. While the first took off in the afternoon for Delhi, the other one carrying 180 people left at night.”
"A C-17 Globemaster carrying 196 people was also later flown in, as chopper sorties brought more people later in the day, including 70 students from the Chennai-based SRM University, who had been flown into Tamabaram Air Base earlier. Another C-17 carrying just seven people was also sent to Patna," the officer added.
The Arakonam Naval Base is located 70 kms west of Chennai and has currently been turned into a makeshift airport since the closure of Chennai Airport. Earlier in the day, about 70 students from campuses of SRM University and Vellore Institute of Technology, who had been rescued till yesterday, were flown out from the Base here to Delhi.

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