IAF releases dramatic visuals of flood relief ops in Gujarat

By: OneIndia Defence Desk
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Gandhinagar, June 25: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday released dramatic visuals of its flood relief and rescue operations in Gujarat.

Following heavy rains and subsequent flooding, some parts of Gujarat are being submerged.

"Large scale submergence of many low-lying areas are being reported now. The worst affected areas include Gavadka and Khari villages of Amreli district," an IAF spokesperson said.

During the operation, the IAF used two state-of-the-art Mi-17V5 helicopters.

We flew over seven hours on Wednesday (June 24). Both the helicopters flew evacuated 87 people and air dropped 120 kg of food packets as well," the spokesperson added.

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Stepping up on its rescue mission, the IAF said that it has a total of four Mi-17 V5 helicopters into service on Thursday (June 25).

"In today's rescue and relief operations, we are focusing on the worst-hit areas of Amreli. Two additional helicopters are on standby at Jamnagar in case there is a need to step up operations," the official added.

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In addition to the IAF, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Reserve Police (SRP) force have been pressed into action.

Latest media reports suggest that around 45 people have lost their lives in Saurashtra and south Gujarat alone. 

"Out of this, 36 people alone died in Amreli," adds an official.

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