Indian Army rescues a man from flash flood in Rajouri

Thursday, July 29, 2010

RAJOURI - The Indian Army rescued a man who had been trapped for 30 hours in a flash flood in the river Aans in the border district of Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday.

The Army and local police, first took up the rescue operation using ropes and tubes, but failed, as the flow of river water was too high.

Later, officials of the Air Force were contacted and a helicopter was despatched for the rescue operation.

“At night he was here when he shouted it was known that he is trapped in the flood. I got to know about in the morning between 8 to 9 am. Then immediately we contacted Air Force through Divisional Commissioner. He assured us that a helicopter would try and when weather was favorable, we started the rescue operation,” said Ghulam Ahmad Khwaja, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri.

The man, named Abdul Hamid, remained stranded on the rock the entire night in the middle of the flooding river shouting for help.

“I was stuck in the river flood. I am really thankful to the Army men who rescued,” said Hamid.

Hamid had taken his cattle for grazing when he was trapped in the floodwaters caused by rainfall over the past two days. By Abdul Jabbar (ANI)

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