Jharkhand: One dead, 40 stranded midair after ropeway trollies collision; rescue ops ongoing

A woman died, two sustained injuries and 40 people are stranded midair in ropeway trollies collision due to a technical snag over Tirkut Pahad area in Deoghar district of Jharkhand, authorities said. The NDRF is conducting an operation to rescue 40 people stuck in 10 ropeway trollies.

Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said: “A pulley of one of the trollies got stuck resulting in the incident. 40 people are stranded and NDRF is conducting an operation to rescue them. Water and refreshments have been provided to them through a parallel line. If NDRF is not able to rescue them then we will seek the help of Indian Air Force for the rescue work. “

Bhajantri added that among the three people rescued, the woman who was referred to Ranchi for further treatment, succumbed to her injuries.

The IAF received a request in the night on April 10 for the rescue of approximately 40 tourists stuck in the Trikut Hills Ropeway Service in Deoghar. Acting on request, the IAF deployed one Mi-17 and one Mi-17 V5 helicopter early in the morning of April 11.

The IAF contingent also has a component of IAF Garud Commandos for the conduct of the operations. A recce was conducted by one of the helicopters in the morning and operations are underway in coordination with the district administration and NDRF.

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