Ahmedabad: A total of 32 labourers including 30 residents from Odisha got a new lease of life today when the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued them from flood-hit Mahuva village in Navsari district of Gujarat.
According to sources, heavy and incessant rain for last four days had marooned Mahuva village cutting off hundreds of local residents from the rest of the world. As many as 32 daily wage labourers including 30 from Odisha working at Jinga reservoir were also stranded in the flood water.
The stranded labourers who had been suffering due to lack of any food and drinking water sought help from Navsari district administration.
The Indian Air Force deployed a chopper to trace out the stranded labourers and during an aerial survey today, the response team rescued them from the flood hit area. Later, the labourers were taken to Surat Airport where they were provided with food and water.
“We were stranded in the village after flood water gushed into the village. We asked for help and the district administration responded positively and sent a chopper for our rescue,” a rescued woman labourer said.