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Flood relief chopper hits cable, crashes in Uttarakhand – 3 killed

Three people were killed when a helicopter hit the cable and crashed in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand. It was carrying relief material for the victims in flood-affected areas.

The Heritage Aviation helicopter was being flown by Rajpal with co-pilot Kaptan Lal. Ramesh Sawar, a local involved in rescue operations was also in it and all the three of them were killed in the crash, their bodies have been recovered.

Representative image of an helicopter.

Representative image of an helicopter. Image courtesy of Tina Phillips at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

The state administration has been operation 10 helipads and four choppers in the affected areas including one Indian Air Force in the rescue operations after heavy rain pours in the villages.

At least 15 people were killed due to heavy rains along with the property damage of around Rs 80-100 crore in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand. Trivendra Singh Rawat, CM visited the rain-ravaged Mori block on Tuesday.

About 12 villages were adversely affected by the torrential rains that include Arakot, Makodi, Tikochi and Sanail villages in Uttarkashi, about 150km away from Dehradun on Sunday, damaging or washing away 20 houses.

Many people were trapped under the debris and rescue teams launched an effort to search for them.

Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh are being affected by floods, landslides and waterlogging. Even film stars and many tourists were stranded in higher reaches of Himachal and were rescued. The Yamuna is flowing above the danger mark and evacuation of people living along the banks of the river is being carried out in Delhi.

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