Uttarakhand: Chopper crashes, no casualty

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 13:05 hrs

A private helicopter, which was deployed for rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand state, crashed in Kedarnath town on Friday, reports said.

No passenger was present in the helicopter when the mishap occurred.

The pilot of the helicopter is reported to be safe.

As rescue operations continued in Uttarakhand, the death toll from the floods touched 207 in the north Indian state on Friday, officials said.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit Uttarakhand on Saturday.

The central government has released Rs 145 crore for relief operations to flood-hit Uttarakhand.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Friday said 33,192 pilgrims and tourists have been rescued in the state so far.

Flash floods and landslides have destroyed.nearly 1,100 small and big roads in the state which is witnessing one of the worst natural disasters in recent years.

The Army has intensified one of the biggest human rescue operations in Uttarakhand.

The Army said it has mobilized troops for rescue and relief efforts, reaching out to over 8,000 people on all "four different axes" - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Harsil - Gangotri axis; Rudraprayag - Kedarnath axis, Joshimath - Badrinath axis and Dharchhula - Tawaghat axis in Pithoragarh district.

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