Assam flood
Flood affected people including children being rescued by army personnel. Image credit - Northeast Now

A unit of the Indian Army engaged in flood relief and rescue operations on Wednesday rescued 150 stranded civilians, including 60 women and children in Assam’s Nalbari district.

Guwahati-based defence PRO Lt. Col. P. Khongsai said this on Wednesday.

Khongsai also informed that the rescue operation was carried out at Balitara village in Nalbari district as the villagers got stranded in their flooded houses.

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The area was flooded due to breach in embankments of Pagladiya river.

“The well-equipped flood relief column of the Indian Army was mobilised immediately,” informed the defence PRO.

Assam flood
Flood affected people including children being rescued by army personnel. Image credit – Northeast Now
Flood affected people including children being rescued by army personnel. Image credit – Northeast Now

The flood relief column undertook a massive operation to rescue and evacuate the 150 villagers to safety, he added.

“The Army jawans operated under heavy downpour, dangerous currents and alarming water levels,” he claimed.

Khongsai further informed that the Indian Army has so far established 152 monitoring stations across the state considering the ongoing flood situations.

“A total of 95 flood relief columns have already been pressed into service in different parts of the state and additional 31 columns are being kept as a reserve,” he said.

“The relief columns are also well equipped with sophisticated boats and lifeguards,” Khongsai said.

He added that the Army units engaged in flood rescue operations have so far rescued over 4,000 marooned people.

He said that the Army has also provided medical aid to over 5,500 people while the Veterinary unit of the Army provided aid to 1100 animal stands.

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