Following the incessant rains across several parts of the country, Maharashtra also witnessed heavy rainfall in the past two days. Amid the rains, NDRF and IAF carried out a successful rescue operation and relocated 58 stranded people including 16 children from a village in Maharashtra's Thane district on Sunday.
As per reports, the people got stuck at their homes due to excessive water-logging in the Ju-Nandkhuri village in Khadavli area of the district since Sunday morning after severe rainfall in the area. On request of the Maharashtra government, the IAF deployed a Mi 17 helicopter to rescue the stranded people, a defence spokesperson said.
"Around 58 villagers, including 16 children, were rescued and shifted to a safer place," the defence spokesperson said.
Here are the visuals of the rescue operation:
Further, three rescue teams of the Indian Navy were also in touch with the administration for the rescue operation. Two columns of the Army, comprising 120 personnel, were also deployed to Thane to help in the rescue efforts.
Taking to Twitter, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is in Gondia district as part of his ongoing 'Maha Janadesh Yatra', thanked the IAF for the quick help.
Thousands of people are reportedly affected by due to the heavy rains in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra. Following the rains, there have been reports of power outage after substations were submerged and transformers damaged in the flooded waters. In another development, at least 400 people have been relocate from the Kranti Nagar residential area near the Mithi river in Mumbai after the water level of the rive crossed the danger mark due to the heavy rainfall. Besides Maharashtra, the monsoon rains have caused havoc in parts of Gujarat, Bihar and Assam.
(With PTI inputs)