Army rescues villagers stranded due to floods in UP

Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, July 31: On request of Lalitpur District Magistrate O P Verma, Army columns and helicopters moved into the rescue operation of 29 villagers stranded by floods in Betwa river in Jhansi region on July 29.

Army mobilised one column of two officers and 35 jawans and two Army helicopters in Kandhari Kalan region and one column of three officers and 37 jawans and three helicopters were deployed in Parichha region near Jhansi.

All nine villagers who were stranded in Kandhari Kalan village near Sukma-Dukma dam was rescued by 4. 30 pm in the evening and all 20 villagers were rescued from Parichha near Jhansi.

Using boats and helicopters, Swift mobilisation and rapid action by the Army columns helped in evacuating all the 29 stranded villagers by 5 30 p m.

At least 174 people were killed and 1.6 million people got displaced as the flood situation remained grim in Uttar Pradesh.

Many rivers, including the Ganga, the Yamuna, Ram Ganga, Sharda, Rapti, Ghaghra and Gomti, are in spate.

According to the relief commissioner's office, nearly one million hectare of cultivable land has been destroyed and 299 livestock killed in 15 districts.

OneIndia News

(with agency inputs)

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