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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Choppers will fly till all evacuated, assures IAF chief

IANS  New Delhi, June 24, 2013
First Published: 20:41 IST(24/6/2013) | Last Updated: 20:52 IST(24/6/2013)

Indian Air Force chief N.A.K Browne on Monday assured people still trapped in flood-affected regions of Uttarakhand that his force will continue to fly helicopters till each one of them was evacuated.

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"Our helicopter rotors will not stop churning till such time we get each one of you out. Do not lose hope and hang in there," Browne said in a message to the stranded people who need to be air-lifted.

An official release said IAF had committed 45 aircraft to "Operation Rahat".

The release said that IAF has since June 17 airlifted 10,731 people, flying 1,163 sorties and dropping/landing 184,262 kg of relief material and equipment.


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