Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Saturday said 157 of the total 671 pilgrims from the state, stranded in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, have returned home and officials have established contact with over 380 persons still awaiting return.
Following Chief Minister Jayalalithaa`s announcement about taking steps on a war-footing to rescue Tamil Nadu pilgrims stranded there, a team of high-level officials led by the state`s Special Representative in Delhi are camping in Uttarakhand and coordinating rescue efforts with officials there, a state government release here said.
Of the 671 pilgrims, 157 of them have been rescued and reached Chennai, while 118 of them have been lodged at Tamil Nadu House in Delhi and they will be sent home by air.
Officials have established contact with 382 people even as efforts are on to rescue 14 others stranded in Gaurikund, it said, adding that one person is yet to be contacted.
Meanwhile, around 100 pilgrims reached Chennai from Delhi today by a government carrier.