Uttarakhand: Helicopter carrying relief material crashes after hitting power cables in Uttarkashi

An helicopter carrying relief material to the flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand crashed on Wednesday afternoon.

The chopper crashed in Uttarkashi district when it hit a power cable. All the three passengers on-board the chopper died.  It was carrying relief material from Mori to Moldi in Uttarkashi which is severely affected by floods.

Heavy rain and a major cloudburst over the past few days resulted in a flood-like situation in parts of Uttarakhand, leaving locals and tourists stranded in several areas. About 35 people have died in the state due to flood waters and landslides.

The Tons River has been flowing above the danger level in Uttarkashi following heavy rainfall in the past few days.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday visited the rain-ravaged Mori block of Uttarkashi, where 16 people died.

Uttarakhand had been struck by devastating floods in 2013 that killed thousands of people and caused extensive damage. Extreme rainfall had caused lakes and rivers to burst their banks, inundating towns and villages below. A government report filed by a panel of experts had said badly managed hydro-power projects were partly to blame for the disaster. The official number of deaths was about 900, but more than 5,700 people still remain missing, making it the deadliest ever in the mountainous region.

Source : Various