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Kashmir floods: Come 'hell' or rain, army won't stop until last man is rescued

From helicopter sorties to building bridges to tugging makeshift boats through muddied waters — our jawans have done it all over the past week to save tens of thousands in J-K. Here are 20 photos that amply highlight their efforts.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2014 03:53 IST
Abhimanyu Kulkarni
Abhimanyu Kulkarni
Hindustan Times

From helicopter sorties to building bridges to tugging makeshift boats through muddied waters. Our jawans have done it all over the last one week to save tens of thousands marooned by the floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

The jawans from the Indian Army, the Air Force and the National Disaster Relief Force braved hostile conditions to pull out 1.3 lakh survivors so far, while the state administration took a backseat. There are nearly four lakh more trapped by the waters in different areas, and the task is still by no means over.

We take a look at some amazing pictures of the daring rescue operations.

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Flood-affected Kashmiri residents ride on an Indian Army raft in Srinagar. AFP Photo

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Flood victims board an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter after being rescued from a flooded area in Srinagar. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Srinagar: An Army jawan carrying a young boy to a relief camp after he was rescued. PTI Photo by Atul Yadavhttps://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/9/Jammurescue7.jpg

Indian Army soldiers rescue a Kashmiri girl from her flooded house in Srinagar. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Tourists wait to be evacuated by Indian Air Force helicopters during rescue and relief operations following flooding in Srinagar. AFP Photo/Tauseef Mustafa

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71 seriously ill persons airlifted. Indian Army has been conducting over 120 sorties everyday for rescue purposes. (Photo Credits: Army Directorate General of Public Information)

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Handout photograph released by Ministry of Defence - a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rescues stranded civilians in the flood affected part of Srinagar. AFP Photo/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

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Member of the Indian Air Force's Garud Commando Force are lowered from a helicopter during a rescue operation for flood-affected people stranded on rooftops in Srinagar. REUTERS/ Ministry of Defence

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An Army soldier carries relief packages for the flood Victims in Srinagar. PTI Photo

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People being rescued by the Indian Army and local people after the flood at Tangpura in Srinagar. Raj k Raj/Hindustan Times

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Indian Army personnel construct a bridge over the Poonch River to reconnect the Jammu-Poonch National Highway following flooding in Poonch. AFP Photo/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

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Indian Army soldiers and civilians rescue an elderly flood victim in Srinagar. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

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Indian Army soldiers carry a seriously ill tourist towards a waiting Indian Air Force helicopter after he was rescued from a flooded neighborhood in Srinagar. AP Photo/Dar Yasin

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Handout photograph released by Ministry of Defence - Indian Army personnel construct a bridge over the Poonch River to reconnect the Jammu-Poonch National Highway following flooding in Poonch. AFP Photo/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

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Armed forces personnel offload relief material from an aircraft to distribute to flood affected people, at the airport in Srinagar. Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times

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Indian Army soldiers carry a seriously ill tourist towards a waiting Indian Air Force helicopter after he was rescued from a flooded neighborhood in Srinagar. AP Photo/Dar Yasin

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People being rescued by the Army personnels and local people after the floods at Tangpura in Srinagar. Raj K Raj/HT Photo

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The Army Cantt in Badami Bagh is submerged: yet the Army's commitment to the people of Srinagar continues. (Photo Credits: Army Directorate General of Public Information)

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An Indian tourist cries as she is airlifted by a chopper in Srinagar. AP Photo

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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture dedicated to the Army, Air force, Navy and NDRF for their rescue operations in Jammu and Kashmir, at Puri beach. PTI Photo

First Published: Sep 12, 2014 13:24 IST