IAF launches operation 'Rahat' to rescue stranded pilgrims in Uttarakhand, Himachal

   Jun 18, 3:52 pm

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched Operation 'Rahat' to rescue stranded pilgrims in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh after heavy rains wreaked havoc in northern India.

Two additional helicopters were put into service today along with the National Disaster Response Force teams in Himachal Pradesh. Relief operations are in full swing providing aid to thousands of stranded pilgrims and tourists.

IAF assistance was sought for rescue operations. HQ Western Air Command(WAC) promptly responded to the requests from various states for providing flood relief. IAF undertook the task simultaneously in the sectors of Yamunanagar, Kedarnath-Badrinath axis, Rudrapyag valley, Karcham- Puh axis.

Airforce station Sarsawa was made the hub centre with helicopters converging from Bhatinda and Hindon. A number of Medium lift helicopters including the newly inducted MI -17 V5 were positioned on June 17 at Jollygrant helipad at Dehradun despite inclement weather.

On June 17, a total of 36 people were evacuated from general area Karnal by MI -17 V5. In addition 21 passengers including 15 children were rescued from Nakud by ALH operating Ex Sarsawa. (ANI)

Vyapam Scam: Digvijay Singh challenging authority of High Court, claims BJP Jul 1, 10:14 am
New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed Congress leader Digvijay Singh's move to file a petition, seeking a Supreme Court monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Vyapam scam, and claimed that the former chief minister was challenging the authority of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Full Story
Amit Shah inaugurates BJP Sadasyata Abhiyan workshop Jul 1, 10:00 am
New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Wednesday inaugurated a training workshop on the Sadasyata Abhiyan, the party's national membership drive in Delhi.
Full Story
Don't believe in settling deals with Govt. in Parliament, says Congress Jul 1, 9:56 am
New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): The Congress party on Wednesday denied that it would broker a deal with the government in Parliament on several outstanding issues.
Full Story
BJP dubs Congress as 'anti-development party' Jul 1, 9:56 am
New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday dubbed Congress as an 'anti-development party' saying that the latter wanted to obstruct the government from developing the nation.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY