GAUCHAR, India (AP) — An Indian air force helicopter that was on a mission to rescue people stranded in monsoon floods in northern India has hit the side of a mountain and fallen into a river, killing eight people.
The air force said in a statement that the helicopter crashed Tuesday while returning from a rescue mission in the town of Kedarnath. It said it has ordered an inquiry into the crash.
Authorities, meanwhile, are preparing to cremate the bodies of hundreds of people who perished in the flooding. Health experts say there are dangers of disease outbreaks unless the bodies are cremated.
Troops are also trying to rescue about 5,000 people who remain stranded in Badrinath town eight days after the torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding in Uttarakhand state.