Three helicopters sent by Naveen Jindal, Congress MP from Kurukshetra, to Uttarakhand have rescued 212 people so far.
Jindal has urged all to help people stranded in the three districts of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The flash flood has claimed more than 1,000 lives so far and rescue operations are still on to save thousands of stranded people in Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
In a statement issued here on the behalf of Jindal, Col Sanjay Julka (retd) said: "We are among the first who inducted two helicopters in Uttarakhand to help the government in relief operations. Bell 407, a single-engine helicopter, was tasked in Joshimath area by the government to help evacuate the stranded pilgrims on Hemkunt axis as well as Badrinath. In one day, it first carried out reconnaissance with senior army officers, helped the Indian Army by ferrying bridging material near the Lambagarh Dam and, thereafter, it rescued 212 stranded victims. Flying for prolonged periods, both the machine and pilots were tested to its extreme. At Govind Ghat, where a foot bridge had been washed away, this helicopter ferried the victims from one bank of the river to another. Thereafter, the same helicopter ferried victims from Ghangaria to Joshimath."
Talking about the second helicopter, he said: "Bell 429 was used for aerial reconnaissance by officials for the purpose of assessing the extent of damage, locate stranded victims as well as to assess the ongoing relief operations. Jindal has asked his flying team to continue rescue operations at more speed to save more people."