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IAF launches rescue operation to airlift over 100 stuck in Thane district

Personnel of National Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force are also engaged in the rescue operations

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A birds eye view shows Mahalaxmi Express bound for Kohlapur from Mumbai stranded following heavy monsoon rain near Badlapur in Thane district | Photo: PTI
A birds eye view shows Mahalaxmi Express bound for Kohlapur from Mumbai stranded following heavy monsoon rain near Badlapur in Thane district | Photo: PTI

The Indian Air Force on Saturday launched a rescue operation to airlift more than 100 people stuck in different areas of Thane district in due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains, an official said.

While at least 70 people are stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people are stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 km away, the state disaster control room official said here.

Heavy rains since Friday night have caused the Ulhas river in the district to overflow, with water gushing onto roads in Badlapur and inundating many areas.

"A rescue operation has been launched with the help of the Indian Air Force after we received a call at 11am requesting airlift from the terrace of the petrol pump," the official said, adding an helicopter has been dispatched to the spot as well as to the resort in Shahad.

Personnel of Disaster Response Force, local police, fire brigade, and disaster management force are also engaged in the rescue operations, he added.

First Published: Sat, July 27 2019. 16:50 IST
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