Mangan: An Indian Air force (IAF) MI 17 Helicopter conducted three sorties to transport ration and essential supplies to the villages of Sakyong and Pentong in North Sikkim on Saturday.
The two villages were cut-off from the rest of Dzongu since July 10 owing to multiple landslides and washing off of many bridges connecting these villages with the rest of the district.
Around 100 bags of rice weighing 50 quintals, 550 litres of cooking oil, 1.5 quintals of salt, 100 packets of candles and matches and medicines were dropped.
The helicopter could not land at Pentong due to the landing zone not being conducive. Hence the consignments were dropped at Sakyong school ground.
The share of ration for Pentong village would be transhipped via a manual rope-way connecting Sakyong and Pentong villages.
As per official information received from DC North, the operation started at 9AM and concluded at 1130 AM on Saturday.