Sunday: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday rescued 23 labourers who were caught in floods in Telangana’s Medak district since Saturday.
Two Chetak helicopters airlifted the labourers stranded in Manjeera river at Yedupayala, officials said. The operation was undertaken from IAF station Hakimpet in Hyderabad and was coordinated by Wg Cdr P Surendran, Chief Operations Officer at IAF station Begumpet.
The rescue operation had to be aborted the previous night due to excessive rains. The migrant labourers were from Madhya Pradesh and Odisha engaged in construction of bridges.
The Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy and Medak District Collector D. Ronald Ross had sought help from the IAF after the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team informed them that the later could not undertake rescue operations in boats because of boulders in river bed.
Many trains have been cancelled in the last three days due to the flooding of railway tracks.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed happiness over the workers being safely evacuated.