Army evacuates 20,000 in Jammu and Kashmir

MI-17 HELICOPTER OF AIR FORCE STATION JAMMU OF INDIAN AIR FORCE DOING RESCUE OPERATIONS AT FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS OF HAMIRPUR KONA, RAJOURI. DPR MOD JAMMU PHOTO/SN ACHARYANew Delhi: The army has evacuated nearly 20,000 people marooned by floods in Jammu and Kashmir with the navy and air force also engaged in relief and rescue operation, the military said Monday.

A defence ministry statement said the 20,000 were rescued in different regions of the state.

The army has deployed 205 columns for rescue and relief work and given away 4,000 blankets and 90 tents to victims of the worst floods to hit the state in half a century.

“The army also distributed 23,000 litres of water and 600 kg biscuits in the flood-affected areas,” the statement said.

The Indian Air Force has rescued 1,245 people using helicopters and transport aircraft. “So far 140 sorties were undertaken by the helicopters and aircraft and 155 tonnes of relief materials have been dropped.”

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