On 17 Aug 14, two MI-17 helicopters were positioned at Bakshi-Ka Talab(BKT) from Air Force station Gorakhpur for undertaking flood relief operations in the flood hit areas of Bahraich and Nanpara (U.P).
The IAF helicopters commenced operations from Nanpara Helipad (Shahadat college ground) on 17 Aug 14 and immediately swung into action flying extensively over the flood affected areas. The helicopters carried out 05 missions, and flew 05 hours and 45 minutes to drop 2500 Kgs of food supplies (490 packets) over the flood hit villages.
On 18 Aug 14, the helicopters again undertook extensive relief operations, carried out 07 missions, utilising 06 hours and 25 minutes to drop 4900kgs of food supplies and essential medicines(1000 packets).
On 19 Aug 14, the helicopters once again undertook extensive relief operations, carried out 06 missions, utilising 05 hours and 45 minutes to drop 6450 kgs of food supplies and essential medicines(3000 packets).
More than 100 villages had been marooned due to unprecedented floods in the vicinity of Saryu and Ghaghra rivers. The villages had been cut off from rest of the country due to rivers breaching the danger mark and washing away roads and bridges. The IAF helicopters flew missions continuously in the last two days over the flood hit areas and provided the much needed succour and relief to the inundated villages.