India floods: Uttarakhand helicopter crash kills eight…!!!
By admin On 26 Jun, 2013 At 04:52 AM | Categorized As India | With 0 Comments

Eight people have been killed in northern India when a rescue helicopter involved in flood relief efforts crashed near a pilgrimage site.

The Indian Air Force says five crew members and three civilians died when the helicopter hit the side of a mountain and fell into a river.

It was on a rescue mission near Gaurikund in the state of Uttarakhand.

The army is leading the evacuation of thousands of stranded people, including pilgrims visiting holy sites.

More than 800 have died in the flooding so far.

Officials fear the death toll could rise as more bodies are recovered from remote areas. About 97,000 people have been rescued since devastating floods hit the state on 15 June.

Early monsoon rains in India are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years.

Swollen rivers have swept away entire villages in Uttarakhand, where there were many travellers in what is peak tourist season.

A spokesman for the air force in the state says the reasons for Tuesday’s crash of the Russian-made Mi-17 are being investigated.

At least 45 air force helicopters are being used in the rescue effort, which has been hampered by bad weather.

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