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Kerala floods: Navy attempts courageous rescue to evacuate pregnant woman from Aluva

Sajita Jabeel was rescued by the Navy from her village in Aluva and was airlifted to a hospital where she gave birth to a boy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2018 9:39:02 pm
indian navy kerala pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel with her newborn. (Source: Twitter/@indiannavy)

The Indian Navy, which has been pressed into service for the rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala, helped evacuate a pregnant woman from her house to a maternity hospital so that she could receive further medical assistance.

Sajita Jabeel, 25, was rescued by the Navy from her village in Aluva. The Navy reached the spot at around 8 am on Friday, a doctor was lowered down to assess her condition. A few hours later she was airlifted to a hospital where around 2 pm she gave birth to a boy. The naval operation was piloted by Cdr Vijay Verma.

A spokesperson of the Navy told The Indian Express, “A distress call was made for help from Aluva following which the Navy reached the spot of rescue and conducted the operation.” The spokesperson advised people not to panic and assured them that evacuations are in process and no one will be left behind.

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The spokesperson of the Indian Navy on Twitter shared the video of the daring operation where a pregnant Jabeel was airlifted into the chopper and later photos of her with her son were also shared on social media.

The Indian Navy on Twitter shared photos of Sajita Jabeel with her new born. (Source: Twitter/@indiannavy)

As a relentless monsoon ravaged Kerala claiming 106 lives on a single day on Thursday, the state plunged deeper into misery today with hospitals facing shortage of oxygen and fuel stations running dry, officials said.

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The deadliest deluge in close to a century has claimed 173 lives since August 8, and dealt a body blow to the scenic state, wrecking its tourism industry, destroying standing crops in thousands of hectares and inflicting huge damage to infrastructure.

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