As Kerala continues to be beat up by ruinous floods, the armed forces are carrying out rescue and relief operations. The Indian Air Force has provide three Boeing C-17s, three IL-76s, six C-130 and nine AN-32 military transport aircraft to carry National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), army and naval equipment to provide help to those affected by the natural calamity, the worst in decades.
The army has rescued over 23,000 people as a part of its “Operation Madad” to rescue standed people in flood-hit Kerela.
Indian Army is deeply involved in the Rescue & Relief operations in Kerala which is witnessing very heavy rains since 09 August 2018. Request for provision of Army assistance was received on 09 August 2018. Accordingly, Indian Army carried out execution of Disaster Relief tasks on a war footing which has been greatly appreciated by civilian populace and the State administration.
As on date total of 10 flood relief columns, each having an approximate strength of 65 personnel’s are carrying out rescue operations in ten districts of Kerala.
In addition to the 10 flood relief columns, 10 Engineer Task Forces (ETF) each having an approximate strength of 40 personnel’s from Jodhpur, Bhopal, Pune, Bangalore and Secunderabad have been pressed into action. Army is also utilizing 53 military boats to evacuate civilians from flood affected areas.
In spite of continuous and heavy rains, Indian Army columns are working round the clock to restore connectivity to remote villages by constructing temporary foot bridges, bunds and preparing alternate routes.
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