Uttarakhand floods: 22 helicopters pressed into rescue operation

Jun 21, 2013, 01:42 IST | Agencies

Twenty-two helicopters were pressed into service for rescue operations in Uttarakhand, the union home ministry said in a statement it issued yesterday

The search, rescue and relief operations are being carried out with the help of choppers from the army, air force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the state government. 

in safe hands: Defence personnel assist an evacuee out of a helicopter yesterday. Army personnel battled to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in search of those left stranded by the catastrophe

A total of 13 teams of NDRF, consisting of 422 personnel along with the necessary paraphernalia, have been deployed for assisting the state government in search and rescue operations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a flight making an aerial survey of affected areas in Uttarakhand. Pics/AFP

Though there is no shortage of food material, the department of food and public distribution and ministry of petroleum have been requested to consider an appeal from the state government for 100 tonnes of rice and 60 kilolitres of kerosene at BPL rates, the home ministry statement said.

Essential commodities including food packets are being air dropped, it added.

Giving details of the rescue operations, the statement said 51 persons were rescued by the NDRF teams on Wednesday.

Home secretary R K Singh is chairing daily meetings reviewing the situation and the relief and rescue measures being undertaken in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, it said. 

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