Dehradun, June 25: Another tragedy struck Uttarakhand on Tuesday, June 25. A rescue chopper crashed in the flood-ravaged state. At least eight people were feared to be dead.
According to sources, five army officials and three civilians died when the Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crashed near Gaurikund.
The sources also informed that the helicopter was returning from Kedarnath, the epicentre of the devastation caused by heavy rain and landslides.
The rescue operation, which was suspended due to heavy rain in the region, resumed on Tuesday. According to IAF officials, rescue operation in Uttarakhand is the largest of its kind for the Air Force.
Earlier on Monday, MeT department had issued warning of heavy rain over the next 72 hours. Citing the warning, Air Chief Marshal Browne was quoted as saying, "Our Helicopter rotors will not stop churning till such time we get each one of you out, do not lose hope and hang in there."