TN pilgrims return from Uttarakhand

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pilgrimsCHENNAI, June 21;Emotional scenes of reunion were seen at the Chennai airport on Friday afternoon as 83 Tamil Nadu pilgrims returned from Uttarakhand. They had been stranded in the landslides and floods caused by a sudden cloudburst earlier this week.

Among those who arrived, 67 are from Chennai, nine from Virudhunagar, three from Krishnagiri, two from Tirunelveli and one each from Coimbatore and Thanjavur districts. Most of them are senior citizens and pensioners.

They recalled their chilling experiences and the ordeal they underwent, surviving without food or water for four days.

They arrived in New Delhi on Thursday night. The state government had arranged for their accommodation at Tamil Nadu House.

Travelling by an Air India flight that arrived here at 1.15 p.m. on Friday, they were received by state minister Senthil Balaji and Shanmuganathan.

Buses arranged by the state government dropped them at their residences in various parts of the city. Those travelling to other districts were dropped at CMBT in Koyambedu.

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