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IAF airlifts 180 jawans from flood-hit border posts in JK

Indian Air Force today airlifted 180 jawans who were posted at various border area posts along flood-affected Indo-Pak border in Jammu sector.

A total of over 180 BSF and Army jawans were evacuated from various border area posts along Indo-Pak border in Jammu sector today, Air Officer Commanding (AoC), Jammu IAF Station, Air Commodore P E Patange told reporters here.

Of these, over 80 BSF jawans and over 100 Army jawans have been airlifted from flood-trapped areas, he said.

Most of the border belts have been flooded causing threat to posts and jawans there.

Floods have badly hit security infrastructure along Indo- Pak border including Border Out Posts and Fencing as Choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Army Aviation yesterday airlifted 108 BSF and Army men from forward areas.

IAF’s Condors in Jammu also reached out to trapped people in flash-floods in Jammu and evacuated 627 people by braving adverse weather conditions and poor visibility.

Floods have inundated most the stretches of border fencing and trapped BSF jawans in BoPs and also Army jawans in forward posts along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Samba sectors.

“The rescue and relief operation has been intensified in view of the betterment of the weather. It will continue till all people trapped in floods are rescued,” the Air Officer Commanding (AoC) said.

He said that our priority is to save the lives first besides carrying out airdropping of ration, medicines to the trapped people.


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