J&K floods: AI evacuates 700 stranded people from Valley

S700 people stranded due to devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir were today evacuated by Air India which operated eight flights to Srinagar and two to Leh.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 23:11 PM IST

New Delhi: S700 people stranded due to devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir were today evacuated by Air India which operated eight flights to Srinagar and two to Leh.

It also carried about 11 tonnes of relief material including blankets, medicines and drinking water.

About 250 passengers were evacuated from Leh and 450 from Srinagar, the airlines said today.

Air India and private airlines had till yesterday ferried about 1,400 stranded people.

Air India yesterday flew five additional relief flights to Srinagar and two to Leh apart from its scheduled operations.

It has also deployed additional Airbus A-320 aircraft to carry out sorties between Jammu and Srinagar flying army and paramilitary personnel and relief materials, including blankets and medicines.

Jet Airways had also operated an additional flight to Srinagar flying to Delhi around 200 passengers, while SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir operated their scheduled flights bringing back over 300.