Indian Air Force Rescues Stranded People, Drops Supplies as Flooding Continues

Amid ongoing flooding, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said it rescued 125 people stranded on a highway in Gujarat on Sunday, August 11, and was dropping supplies to inaccessible areas across Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala states.

In video from Sunday’s Gujarat highway operation, a Mi-17 V5 helicopter is seen landing on a road flooded on both sides in what was said to be Kutch district before several people are seen boarding it.

In other footage, shot from a helicopter above an unidentified town, supplies are seen being lowered to people on a rooftop. Prior to sharing the video, the IAF tweeted that “Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala are facing the fury of floods,” and said the air force had “launched a large scale operation in response to the natural calamity.”

According to Indian reports citing the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the flooding had left 192 people dead and scores of villages cut off as of August 12. Credit: Indian Air Force via Storyful