Train derailment: IAF copters join rescue and relief operation

Last Updated: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 21:54

New Delhi: Joining rescue operations, IAF
today pressed a Chetak and two medium-lift MI-17 helicopters
from Kalikunda air base to assist relief work at the site of
the train derailment in Jhargram in West Bengal.

IAF`s AN-32 aircraft is also being pressed into service
from Jorhat and bringing in paramedics and medical supply, an
IAF spokesperson said.

"I have met the Air Chief Marshal in the morning and
he has assured full support in carrying out the relief and
rescue operation and we are getting full support of the IAF,"
Member (Traffic) Railway Board Vivek Sahai said.

Railways have despatched a medical relief van and three
accident relief trains to the spot.

Sixty-five passengers of a Maharashtra-bound express
train were killed early today and 200 injured in a Maoist
attack which led to derailment of 13 coaches, five of which
were were hit by a goods train coming from the opposite


First Published: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 21:54

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