This is the script of a news-spot I wrote, recorded and filed for NPR, during the Uttarakhand floods.
Chopper crash in flood rescue
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
A rescue helicopter carrying at least 19, crashed in flood ravaged North India today. Eight bodies have been found, of which five were crew and the others were civilians. From New Delhi, NPR’s Anoo Bhuyan reports that the incident comes even as rescue operations have been working tirelessly under treacherous conditions to reach the thousands stranded in the area.
In the rescue operations of what is being described as the ‘Himalayan Tsunami,’ an Indian Airforce helicopter crashed while on an official mission. The chopper was on duty between a relief hub and one of the areas worst affected by the floods. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the crash.
North India experienced rainfall above normal earlier this month, which caused severe flooding. The worst affected state is Uttarakhand and local authorities say 1000 people have been confirmed dead while scores are missing, injured or stranded. The United States has pledged 1,50,000 Dollars for relief efforts. Continued bad weather is impeding the rescue operations but officials say the missions will continue.
Anoo Bhuyan. NPR News. New Delhi