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12 trapped in Ujj river rescued

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Pathankot , August 02, 2013
First Published: 21:47 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:49 IST(2/8/2013)

Twelve members of the Gujjar community, who were stranded for many hours after a sudden rise in the Ujj river's level in the Bamial sector near the India-Pakistan border, were airlifted in a helicopter sent by the Indian Air Force from Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir).

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"The Gujjars, who had entered the river along with their cattle, got trapped in the fast currents of the Ujj river," Pathankot deputy commissioner Siben C said. The DC added that he sought help from the Pathankot air force station, following which a helicopter was sent from Udhampur to rescue the Gujjars.

He stated that as per reports, the river level rose due to heavy rain in the Ramban sector of J&K. Siben said he would seek help from the state government for the crop and cattle loss suffered by the Gujjar community.


 

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