Chopper deployed for rescue operations crashes in Uttarakhand, both pilots safe

7:17 PM, Friday, June 21st, 2013

Chopper crashes in UttarakhandDehradun : A helicopter of private carrier Prabhatam Aviation crashed while on its way to Gaurikund during a rescue operation on Friday.

After getting information about the chopper crash near Gaurikund, the Indian Air Force (IAF) rushed a Cheetah helicopter to the spot and rescued both the pilots of Prabhatam.

More details about the incident were awaited.

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Earlier, the terrible magnitude of nature’s fury continued to unfold in Uttarakhand on Friday where 40 bodies of flood victims were found, taking the toll in the disaster to 207 even as rescue workers raced to evacuated over 9000 stranded in Kedarnath and Badrinath.

The toll is expected to rise as Uttarakhand principal secretary Rakesh Sharma said casualty figures can be “shockingly high”.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in Delhi that, “So far, 207 people have lost their lives. But the toll may go up as debris in many areas is yet to be cleared”.

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