Watch: IAF Mi-17 helicopter evacuates 10 people from overflowing Chitravati river
- Heavy rains lashed out coastal Andhra Pradesh.
- IAF helicopter Mi-17 took from Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru.
- The helicopter was recovered at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.
Rains lashed out the coastal Andhra Pradesh that triggered flash floods, prompting the rescue operation by the Indian Air Force, SDRF and Fire Services personnel.
On receiving a distress call from the state government, the helicopter took off from Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru at a short notice and reached the rescue site combating inclement weather conditions, reported ANI. After safely evacuating all the ten stranded people from the overflowing river, the helicopter was recovered at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.
In a video shared by the media coordination centre of the IAF, the helicopter can be seen carrying out winching operation to rescue people stranded on the top of a JCB machine.
“Today, @IAF_MCC Mi-17 heptr evacuated ten people stuck in the rising waters of Chitravati river in Ananthapur district, Andhra Pradesh, in difficult weather conditions,” the official Twitter handle of IAF said.
On Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall in some parts of South India, including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Coastal Andhra Pradesh, over the next three days due to low pressure over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal.