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Indian Air Force Helps Douse Malviya Nagar Fire

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| May 30 , 2018 , 14:22 IST

The Indian Airforce on Wednesday joined the operations to douse the massive fire that had been raging in the Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi. The fire, which started on Tuesday night, had been raging for the past 18 hours.

The IAF launched a Mi-17 helicopter in service attached with a Bambi bucket to douse the fire that broke at a rubber factory. The helicopter kept dousing and refilling its Bambi bucket from the Yamuna reservoir.

This was the first time that the Bambi operations were conducted in an urban area. High rises make it difficult for the precision in dropping. A total of around 8000 litres of water was dropped by the Mi-17 helicopter.

As per media reports, a truck loaded with rubber materials parked at the rubber factory caught fire first. Strong winds helped the fire spread in the area within minutes.

Around sixty-five fire tenders were pressed into service on Tuesday night to douse the fire but to no avail. The fire had reportedly spread to nearby buildings. Around 13 buildings and one school were evacuated while nearby hospitals have been alerted for an emergency. There have been no casualties.

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