Korean couple among 310 rescued from flood-hit Srinagar

A Korean couple and a retired Army Major General were among 310 people rescued by Chandigarh-based 12 Wing of the Indian Air Force, which has been conducting non-stop sorties during the past three days to evacuate people from flooded areas of Srinagar.

PTI| Updated: Sep 09, 2014, 16:14 PM IST

Chandigarh: A Korean couple and a retired Army Major General were among 310 people rescued by Chandigarh-based 12 Wing of the Indian Air Force, which has been conducting non-stop sorties during the past three days to evacuate people from flooded areas of Srinagar.

The Korean couple and the retired Army officer S K Dhiman were on an excursion to Srinagar while others had gone to the Valley for various reasons including many of them as migrant labourers.

Among the rescued people that also included 30 women, some needed immediate medical attention for various ailments. They were brought to Chandigarh last evening.

Fateh Mohammed was among ten patients who were brought here from Srinagar in a critical condition, Group Capt Sameer Bhalla, Station Commander 12 Wing said today.

A large number of those rescued hail from Bihar, U.P. and Delhi. They were evacuated from Srinagar by the Chandigarh based IL-76 squadron of the IAF.

"The 12 Wing has opened a relief camp at Chandigarh (Air Force Station) and the rescued persons are being extended medical facilities and food. With the help from Chandigarh administration, we are also arranging transportation for their onward journey by bus and rail," he said.

He said both the squadrons of 12 Wing--48 Squadron (AN-32) and 44 Squadron (IL-76) have been conducting non-stop sorties during the past three days to provide assistance in the relief and rescue operations.