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The IAF’s ‘herculean’ rescue machines

The Indian Air Force has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis. A total 83 aircraft from all agencies, of which 45 are from IAF, 13 from Army and 25 from the State Government, have been deployed in the area.

The IAF has deployed its recently inducted C-130J Super Hercules medium-lift transport aircraft to fly out 244 people stranded in Uttarakhand.

It has also employed an Antonov-32 aircraft which will deliver engineering equipment of Border Roads Organisation to the nearest air field from where it would be airlifted by Mi-26, the world's largest helicopter, to help the road constructing body to repair roads.