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900 IAF men, kin evacuated from Car Nicobar

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | December 29, 2004 17:29 IST
Last Updated: December 29, 2004 18:46 IST

The Indian Air Force has evacuated 900 personnel and their family members who surrvived the killer tsunamis that struck Car Nicobar island on December 26.

They have been brought to Tambaram Air Force base in Tamil Nadu.

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However, they have been barred from speaking to the media and have also been told not to give details of their experience.

Squadron leader Mahesh Upsani told in New Delhi on Tuesday that 25 officers, airmen and members of their families had been killed in the tragedy.

"We can now confirm that we lost 25, including officers, airmen and members of their families in the tragedy. Over 75 personnel and their families are still missing. The rest have been evacuated to Tambaram in Tamil Nadu. Necessary relief and rehabilitation work is now in progress. You must understand that they have undergone a horrifying experience and they are still in the process of coming to terms with it. It will not be possible to allow the media access to the survivors at this juncture. We will do so at an appropriate time," he said.

A helicopter unit of the IAF was based in Car Nicobar when the tsunamis hit the island last Sunday.

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