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UTTARAKHAND’S RESCUERS RETURN FROM KERALA

Saturday, 25 August 2018 | PNS | Dehradun — After saving lives of hundreds of people in flood-ravaged Kerala, the group of rescuers and rafters from Uttarakhand has returned. The 26-member team reached Rishikesh on Friday morning. The team leader Praveen Rangar claimed that more than 400 people had been rescued by them. “We reached Kochi on August 18 and we were deployed in a flood-affected area called Peravor which is  near Kochi. We are happy that we were able to perform the mission assigned to us successfully,’’ he said. Rangar added that the team had faced problem of communication as none in the team understood Malayali. He said one local volunteer was part of each raft engaged in the rescue mission to overcome the language barrier. Narrating other problems, Rangar said that two rafts had got damaged when they got entangled in the iron rods. Rangar is a national Kayaking coach and a guest instructor at various mountaineering institutes. The rescuers from the State were sent by Adventure Tours Operators Association of India (ATOAI), a Ministry of Tourism recognised association, to help the victims of the unprecedented deluge in Kerala. The team had 17 rafts and two kayaks which operated in the areas having high volumes of water.

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