IAF rescues 22 British-French nationals from Ladakh

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The Indian Air Force has rescued twenty-two British and French trekkers who were stranded in high altitudes in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir following heavy downpour in the past two days.

Defence spokesperson of Northern Command of the Army, Col S D Goswami said, “Braving adverse weather, IAF helicopters from Leh rescued 21 British Nationals and 1 French national on August 6 and 7 in a challenging casualty evacuation from high altitude in Ladakh.”

He added that after five days of continuous downpour, all major rivers like Indus, Nubra, Shyok and their tributaries in Ladakh region were flowing above danger mark.

Road and telephone communications were cut off. The Air Force Station in Leh received an SOS to rescue a group of British citizens who were stranded in the Markha Valley with some members suffering from asthma. 

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