Friday 30 October 2020

IAF rescue & relief ops in flood-ravaged Sikkim

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter airlifts essential commodities for people of two remote villages in Sikkim. The areas were cut off from other parts of the state due to landslides.

The MI-17 helicopter carried out three sorties and dropped essential supplies comprising 100 bags of rice weighing 50 quintals each, 550 litres of cooking oil, 1.5 quintals of salt, 100 packets of candles and matches and medicines among others for the people of Sakyong and Pentong villages of northern Sikkim.

The IAF helicopter had to drop the consignment of ration and essential supplies in the school compound as the Pentong helipad was not conducive for landing, it said.

From Sakyong school premises, the consignment will be transhipped via a manual rope-way connecting Sakyong and Pentong villages, the release said.

The two villages are cut-off from the nearest town Dzongu since 10 July last as multiple landslides had washed off roads and bridges connecting these villages due to incessant rainfall.

Meanwhile, the PRO Defence, Kolkata, said on the request of the Sikkim government that the IAF helicopter had airlifted the 5.5 tonne of essential commodities from Mangan to Sakyong.

On the request of the state government, an Mi-17V5 helicopter of the EAC airlifted 5.5 tonne of essential commodities from Mangan to Sakyong in Sikkim today. The areas were cut off from Mangan district due to landslide and flash flood,” the PRO tweeted.

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