Tuesday, September 20, 2011

IAF Relief Ops In The Earthquake Affected Areas In North Sikkim

The IAF has launched relief operations in quake affected areas of the state of Sikkim since the past two days. Towards this besides the fixed wing aircraft IAF has pressed four Mi-17 helicopters which are presently operating from the Air Force Station Baghdogra airfield.

A total of eight sorties of Mi-17 were undertaken today from Baghdogra airfield towards Chungthang, Lachung and Mangang areas of North Sikkim. Around 10 tonnes of relief material including medicines were helilifted along with 30 Army personnel. The helicopters were carrying out airdrop of food items at some places. In addition one AN-32 was received in the midnight with 4 tonnes of medicines.

A total of 31 civilian casualties with two attendants including lying patients were evacuated from different places as per the requirement of the state government. The Indian Air Force is ensuring that its assets are kept in a state of readiness should the civil administration request for assistance for more aircrafts in carrying out relief and rescue missions in future.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In times of such bog crisis, Only IAF is the saviour. THUMPS UP TO IAF