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The power of the visible army in Kerala’s ‘Water Dispatch’, saved 82 thousand people

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18 Aug : News Express 24 :-

Between the devastation of floods in Kerala so far, relief teams and rescue teams have provided around 82,442 people in safer places. Of these 71,000 people were from the Aluna region of Ernakulam district which was most affected by the flood. 2.4 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,568 relief camps. In the rescue operation on the war-footing, Navy’s 46, 13 Air Force personnel and 18 teams of the Army, 16 Coast Guard and NDRF teams are busy saving people from day to day.

During the Navy’s relief and rescue operation in flood affected Kerala on Friday, about 500 people were taken to safer places. In Kerala, there has been heavy loss of life and property in the floods caused by torrential rains since last few days. On Friday, 58 rescue teams were deployed at various places in the state under Operation Malad, which started nine days earlier.

According to officials, this phenomenal campaign was started in the history of the navy’s rescue operation after flood situation was the first in the state. An official spokesman said that more than 3,000 people were deployed since the floods in the state 10 days ago.

Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha instructed the Army, Water and Air Force, NDRF and various agencies to provide necessary help in Kerala. Along with this they also ordered them to provide these agencies with boat, helicopter, life jacket, rain coat etc. “The center has so far distributed 339 motor boats, 2800 life jackets, 1400 life boys, 27 light towers and 1000 raincoats in Kerala,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, 1 lakh food packets have been distributed and another 1 lakh food packets are being supplied. Railways have provided 1,20,000 bottles of bottles so far and besides this additional bottles are being arranged. The Ministry said that special trains have been sent to 2.9 lakh liters of drinking water, which will reach Kayakulam on Saturday.

The Indian Navy has deployed 51 Boats along with the Diver members. At the same time 1000 live jackets and 1300 rubber shoes were sent to Kerala. Along with this, 1600 food packets were dropped on Friday by the aircraft.

According to the statement, the IAF has deployed 23 helicopters and 11 transport aircraft. The Army has imposed 10 troops, 10 engineering task force, 60 boats and 100 life jackets on the service. NDRF has employed 43 relief teams and 163 boats with other materials. In areas where telephone contact has been cut, the Government of Kerala has advised the people there to use V-SAT for communication.

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