IAF Choppers Joins Fire-Fighting Operation in Katra

Following the massive fire that spread to several areas in Trikuta hills, the abode of Mata Vaishno Devi, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board requested the Air Force to help douse the fire. “At around 6:30 AM today, Air Force Station Udhampur received a distress call from Shrine Board requesting help to douse the fire. Two MI-17 helicopters were pressed into service to lift water from Reasi Dam to be sprinkled on areas engulfed by the forest fire”, a defence spokesman said. He said the two MI-17 helicopters have been continuously making sorties and lifting water to douse the fire. “With the help of the Air Force, we have been able to extinguish the fire to a great extent. Barring few far off areas, the fire has been controlled in most of the areas on Trikuta hills”, the SSP Reasi Sujit Kumar said. He said no loss of life or property was reported due to the forest fire.

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