As many as 110 people, including 58 children, have been rescued from high altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh by the Indian Air Force (IAF) after recent flash floods made the region inaccessible, a defence spokesman said on Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, Air Force Station, Udhampur, was tasked with humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) mission near the Chamba and Killar valley in Himachal Pradesh, he said.
Update #HimachalRescue : 01xALH landed back at 1045 H, 11 casualties picked up from Bara Lachala Pass, from altitude of 4.5Km. IAF has pressed in 02xMLH heptrs from Pathankot to attend Chamba-Kilar axis.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) September 28, 2018
Total aircraft operating- 5 from Bhuntar, 2 from Udhampur & 2 from Pathankot pic.twitter.com/4f5e2bEZLG
Two aircrafts were sent immediately, which had to make a careful landing on a small helipad in Chamba.
After landing, the air crew learnt 52 school children of 9 to 10 years and 45 medical personnel were stranded at Kilar at an elevation of more than 9,500 feet, he said.
Both the aircrafts established an air bridge between Killar and Chamba to cross a pass more than 15,000 feet above sea level, the spokesman said.
On Friday, 26 medical personnel were rescued from Killar and 24 children from Chamba, he said.
Both the aircrafts and crew have come back safely to Air Force Station, Udhampur, he said, adding that the government of Himachal Pradesh has applauded the efforts of Air Force Station, Udhampur.