Jammu: The Indian Air Force on Saturday commenced
airlifting raw materials from the Pathankot air base for
constructing bridges in Leh district affected by devastating
floods following cloudburst.
"IAF`s IL-76 transport aircraft started airlifting raw
materials for repair of the damaged bridges," a defence
spokesman said here.
Around 13 bridges were washed away during the flash
Nearly 25 tonnes of raw materials per bridge are being
airlifted by the IAF transport plane, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations by the army
continued in the Ladakh region. Army and Border Road
Organisation personnel opened the nearly 460 km Leh-Manali
road for traffic on Thursday.
The Leh-Srinagar highway via Zojilla Pass was thrown open
to traffic yesterday after construction of seven bridges
between Leh and Khalsi, the spokesman said.
He also said the army was continuing its efforts to
locate its 28 missing men in the Shyok-Nubra valley area.