Flash flood swept 8, traps 200 in Tamil Nadu

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Chennai: A flash flood in a jungle river washed away 8 pilgrims and trapped around 200 more, on their way to a temple in a nearby Chaturagiri hills on Sunday.

The pilgrims proceeding to the famous Lord Shiva temple in Chathuragiri near Watrap in Virudhunagar District to offer worship on the auspicious new moon day were trapped as the jungle river suddenly swelled into a raging torrent following incessant rains.

Eight persons were seen swept away by the flash floods and their fate was not known, the officials said. Fire service personnel have rushed to the spot to rescue the pilgrims trapped by the floods, they said.

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