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IAF to construct washed bridges in Leh

india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 16:54 IST
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The Indian Air Force on Saturday commenced airlifting raw materials from the Pathankot air base for constructing bridges in Leh district affected by devastating floods following cloudburst.

"IAF's IL-76 transport aircraft started airlifting raw materials for repair of the damaged bridges," a defence spokesman said in Jammu.

Around 13 bridges were washed away during the flash floods.

Nearly 25 tonnes of raw materials per bridge are being airlifted by the IAF transport plane, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations by the army continued in the Ladakh region. Army and Border Road Organisation personnel opened the nearly 460 km Leh-Manali road for traffic on Thursday.

The Leh-Srinagar highway via Zojilla Pass was thrown open to traffic yesterday after construction of seven bridges between Leh and Khalsi, the spokesman said.