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IAF continues relief operations in flood-hit Assam, Meghalaya

The North East continues to be battered by heavy rains leaving many parts of Assam and Meghalaya severed and inaccessible from the rest of the country

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Shillong: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been continuing with its relief measures in flood-hit Assam and Meghalaya, a defence spokesperson said on Friday.

“The North East continues to be battered by heavy rains leaving many parts of Assam and Meghalaya severed and inaccessible from the rest of the country. Due to an embankment cut on River Barak at Silchar town of Assam, water had entered the city and submerged large parts of the town. The government of Assam requested IAF for immediate support. The Government of Meghalaya also requested for airdrop of ration to people at remote places of South Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills,” Shillong-based PRO Defence, Wing Commander Sreeprakash J, said in a statement.

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“Continuing with the motto of ‘People First and Mission Always’, I AF launched large-scale flood relief operations in Assam and Meghalaya. Water and relief material were airlifted to Silchar from Guwahati and Jorhat by An-32s and C-130J and further air dropped on rooftops of houses in the town of Silchar by helicopters,” he said.

“In Meghalaya, three helicopters were deployed to airdrop food materials to the affected villages. As of 30 June 2022, IAF had airlifted more than 300 passengers and dropped/carried 5,00,000 Kg of relief material for Government of Assam and 21,000 Kg of relief material for Government of Meghalaya,” Sreeprakash said. 

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