IAF air drops food grains in Reasi hills
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 16:36
Jammu: The IAF on Wednesday carried out relief operations dropping essential commodities, particularly food grains, in the mountainous belt of Reasi district providing relief to people in the snow-hit area.

Intensifying relief operations to provide essential commodities to people trapped in higher reaches of Mahore area of Reasi district owing to heavy snowfall and hostile weather conditions, the District Administration in coordination with the Air Force, dropped several quintals of food grains in Gulabgarh area of the district, an official spokesman said here today.

MI-17 Helicopters, fully loaded with food grains took off from the Reasi sports stadium and landed at Gulabgarh, to provide immediate relief to people trapped in inclement weather conditions, he said.

Last year too Indian Air Force Helicopters air dropped ration and other material for people living in Dewal and Gandiala villages of Mahore area on December 13 during the first snowfall.

Relief operations are being maintained under the close guard of Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal and district Development Commissioner of Reasi Sheetal Nanda with a thrust to ensure that all inhabitants of such area could get essential commodities.

According to Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajinder Singh Tara, sufficient stock of food grains is available with the different stores of the district especially in far-flung areas and every effort is being made to reach out to the people trapped in higher reaches due to snow.

If demand arises more sorties would be conducted to provide ration and other material in these areas, the ADC said.


First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 16:36

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