Army continues Assam flood relief ops

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 06:31 hrs

The 'Gajraj Corps' unit of the Indian Army on Monday continued with its flood relief operation to provide relief and aid to flood affected people of Assam.

Twenty one specialised flood relief task forces of Army with engineers, equipment and rescue boats are carrying out flood relief operations in Sootia Sub Division of Sonitpur District.

Army helicopters have also been pressed into service and large numbers of sorties were carried out distributing 2.5 tons of food packets.

The Army said it has rescued more than 6,000 flood-affected people and evacuated them to relief camps established by the civil administration and NGOs.

Senior officers of the Army are personally supervising the relief efforts in conjunction with the civil administration, the army said in a statement.

Prior preparation and risk assessment of likely flood prone areas helped Army to reach affected areas at the earliest for carrying out flood relief operations.

Based on the experience of recent flood relief operations, the Army has established medical camps in the flood affected areas as containment of post flood health hazards and prevention of epidemic breakout is a serious concern.

The additional specialised flood relief task force of Army equipped with mechanised boats, life jackets, medical aid and other relief material have been kept on high alert to be deployed immediately should situation further deteriorate.

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