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0ver 18,000 airlifted by IAF in U'khand since June 17

New Delhi, June 30, 2013 (PTI): 22:25 IST
An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter on a rescue operation flies from the Dehradun airport in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 27, 2013. India began the mass cremation of bodies recovered after devastating floods in the country's northern Himalayan region, government officials said on Thursday, adding that hundreds of people were still missing. The floods, triggered by heavier than normal and early monsoon rains, have killed at least 822 people and displaced tens of thousands of inhabitants in Uttarakhand state, a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims due to its shrines and temples. Picture taken June 27, 2013. REUTERS
Indian Air Force has airlifted over 18,000 persons and dropped more than 3 lakh kg of relief material in flood-hit Uttarakhand since June 17 in its biggest ever helicopter operation for rescue and relief in the state.

"IAF has airlifted a total of 18,424 persons, flying a total of 2,137 sorties and dropping/ landing a total of 3,36,930 kgs of relief material and equipment," it said in a statement today.

In its rescue and relief operations for 'Op Rahat' that were undertaken since morning, a total of 749 persons were airlifted, flying a total of 93 sorties and dropped about 12,000 kgs of relief material and equipment, it said.

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