Odisha, September 26: In Telangana, 23 construction workers trapped on an island amidst strong currents were successfully airlifted by two Chetek helicopters of the Indian Air Force and moved them on safer places on Sunday. The labourers from Odisha were stranded at the Edupalya temple in Edupayala village in Medak district due to the flooding of the Manjira River.
The operation lasted for more than an hour. The helicopters landed back after successful completion of the rescue despite inclement weather in the area. The operation was undertaken from Air Force Station Hakimpet in Hyderabad and was coordinated by Wing commander P Surendran, Chief Operations Officer at the Begumpet Air Force Station.
Indian Air Force had been standing by for last two days and on Saturday two attempts were made at rescuing the marooned workers, which did not fructify due to heavy rain and low clouds. However, with the persistent efforts of IAF, the mission was successfully accomplished today. IAF is further standing by to undertake rescue operations in view of forecast of more rain in the next couple of days.