Highlights:

  • Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 helicopter saved 10 people stranded in the rising water of the Chitravati river
  • As soon as the IAF received a distress request from the state government, the Mi-17 chopper departed from Air Force Station in Yelahanka
  • Telangana is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at isolated places over the weekend

On Friday, an Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 helicopter saved 10 people stranded in the rising water of the Chitravati river in the Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rainfall in a few parts of Andhra Pradesh stirred flash floods, instigating rescue operations from the Indian Air Force, SDRF, and Fire Services personnel.

As soon as the IAF received a distress request from the state government, the Mi-17 chopper departed from Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The helicopter arrived at the rescue site at a short notice following negotiating inclement weather conditions. A video shared by the media coordination center of the IAF showed a helicopter carrying out a winching operation to rescue people stranded on the top of a JCB machine.

The official Twitter Handle of the IAF wrote, “Today @IAF_MCC Mi-heptr evacuated ten people stuck in rising waters of Chitravati river in Ananthapur district, Andhra Pradesh, in difficult weather conditions.” After evacuating the ten stranded individuals from the overflowing river, the helicopter was retrieved at Puttaparthi owing to difficult weather conditions.

Earlier this week, a heavy rainfall resulting in flash floods wreaked havoc in three Rayalaseema districts and one south coastal district in Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, neighboring state Telangana is likely to experience light to moderate rainfall at isolated places over the weekend due to a low-pressure area built up over the southeast and adjoining Bay of Bengal.

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