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Helicopter for flood relief crashes at Uttarkhand



A helicopter carrying relief material to the flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand crashed this afternoon.   The chopper crashed in Uttarkashi district when it hit a power cable. The relief material was being flown from Mori to Moldi in Uttarkashi Heavy rain and cloudbursts in the past few days have led to a flood-like situation in parts of Uttarakhand, leaving people stranded in several areas. 35 people have died in the state. The Tons River has been flowing above the danger level in Uttarkashi following heavy rainfall in the past few days. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday visited the rain-ravaged Mori block of Uttarkashi, where 16 people died. Other north Indian states such as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana too grappled with the impact of heavy rain. 43 people have died in Himachal in rain that triggered landslides. Uttarakhand had been struck by devastating floods in 2013 that killed thousands of people and caused extensive damage. Extreme rainfall had caused lakes and rivers to burst their banks, inundating towns and villages below.

Aug 21, 2019
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