The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully rescued 23 people from the flood hit Telangana. The rescue operation took place in Edupalaya village in Medak district on September 25. Two Chetak helicopters were pressed into service for the rescue operation.
The IAF operation took over an hour and all the rescued people were shifted to safer locations. Over the past several days, Telangana and nearby areas have seen incessant rain, pushing officials to issue flood alert.
The IAF pilots undertook these operations despite inclement weather in these areas. The defence ministry said in a statement that the operation was coordinated by Wing Commander P Surendran, the Chief Operations Officer at Air Force Station Begumpet.
The IAF had been on standby for two days and an earlier attempt to rescue the marooned people could not be undertaken due to heavy rain. The forces will be on standby for more rescue operations until the weather situation improves in the state.
Apart from the IAF, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and the Indian Army have been undertaking various rescue operations is the flood affecting regions of Telangana.
The flood situation looks grim, even as 1,000 villagers were evacuated in Karimnagar district of Telangana.