Tinsukia: Six locals were rescued by army after they were hit by lightening, resulting in critical burn injuries, while on a hunting trip in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley district.

The victims are said to be safe at military base hospital in Assam’s Dinjan, around 250 km from the place of incident in the hilly and hostile terrain.

According to a statement issued by the Army, the hostile terrain precluded evacuation by foot, and Army pressed two helicopters to evacuate the locals hit by lightening.

“The security forces from Dao division immediately provided first aid and evacuated them to a safer location from where they were shifted to Army’s base hospital in Dinjan cantonment.”

A woman Army doctor attending to one of the victims late at night at a far flung hilly terrain in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley, where lightening struck and injured a group of six locals

“The victims, who have sustained critical burn injuries and shock, are being provided critical medical care at the Army hospital,” the statement said.

The incident took place on the intervening night of September 21 and 22 at a far flung location in the Dibang Valley district.

Images show an Army doctor attending to a victim at the place of incident, bang at the night while another soldier lifting the civilian on his shoulders and moving through the hilly terrain. The pictures taken in the day show a patch of burnt grass pointed out the place where lightening struck.

According to sources, Army began the rescue operation in the night itself as it would have been very tough for civilian authorities to reduce and save precious lives, given the tough terrain.

However, Army sources refused to share more details related to exact location and names of the victim saying, “That’s all we can share.”

The locals have thanked the Army for the effective and prompt rescue mission, which saved lives of six hunters.

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