Indian Air Force on Thursday deployed two MI-17 helicopters to carry out flood relief operation in and around Pursura and Khanakul areas of Hooghly district, nearly 100 km northwest of Kolkata.
The two copters moved out of IAF station at Barrackpore and flew five sorties, dropping about 10 tonnes of relief materials in and around the two flood-hit areas, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.
Wg Cdr S T George, the Chief Operations officer, said, "Intermittent rains and thunderstorms are affecting the operations." However, IAF would provide relief and succour to the affected population despite inclement weather.
The food packets included water packets, biscuits, bread and other items provided by the state government, he said.