Jammu and Kashmir floods: IAF airlifts 850 persons

A total of 850 persons have been airlifted so far in the flood affected regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Of this 401 were evacuated on yesterday.

ANI| Last Updated: Sep 07, 2014, 15:39 PM IST

New Delhi: A total of 850 persons have been airlifted so far in the flood affected regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Of this 401 were evacuated on yesterday.

One C-17 Globemaster aircraft has been launched from Delhi to Awantipur with RAMT (Rapid Action Medical Team), two IL 76 aircraft with medical supplies and boats have taken off from Palam Air Force Base for Srinagar.

Besides this one IL-76 with teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel has also taken off from Palam for Srinagar. Three C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircrafts have been pressed into service to transport boats from Pune and Gandhinagar to Srinagar and blankets (10000) and tents (3000) from Kanpur to Jammu and Srinagar.

A total of twelve AN-32, four IL-76, five C-130J and two C-17 transport aircraft of the IAF have been pressed into operations. On the helicopter front, a total of twenty six helicopters of the IAF are operating in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attended a flood review meeting in Jammu along with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor NN Vohra.