Three helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF), pressed into service to rescue 21 people caught in floods in Telangana's Medak district on Saturday, had to suspend operations due to heavy rains.
"The Chetak helicopters made two rescue attempts, but had to abort the rescue efforts due to heavy rains," an official said.
The rescue operation will resume on Sunday morning, according to officials.
Construction labourers from Odisha were stranded in Manjira river flood water in Edupayala village of Medak district since Saturday morning.
Local police launched the rescue effort, but with water level rising, the administration sought help from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the IAF.
The New Indian Express reported:
Officials opened the gates leaving 1.40 lakh cusecs of water to Nizamsagar project. The water, flowing nearby the Edupayala Kanaka Durga Temple of Ghanpur ayacut, surrounded the temple stranding the workers since Friday late night. District collector Ronald Rose and Medak MLA and deputy speaker M Padma rushed to the spot for rescue operations.
The report also states that the workers have food that is sufficient for 10 days and adds that they will be rescued on Sunday morning.