In a bid to evacuate people and rescue operation in the badly affected area of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh by heavy rain, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched Operation 'Rahat' to rescue stranded pilgrims in after heavy rains wreaked havoc in northern India.
Keeping in view the situation has been going the worst, 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.
According to sources, 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 at Jollygrant helipad at Dehradun despite inclement weather.
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.(With inputs from ANI)