Kerala floods: Army will continue rescue ops till situation is stable, says southern command chief

Thiruvananthapuram: The Army would continue to be engaged in the rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala till the situation is stabilised, Southern Command chief Lieutenant General DR Soni said Monday.

He also said the Army's medical teams would extend the first line of relief in co-ordination with the government.

 Kerala floods: Army will continue rescue ops till situation is stable, says southern command chief

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"There are inaccessible areas and our men will continue to reach out to people who needed to be rescued," he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Noting that it was not possible to provide the exact number of people stranded, he said the rescue operations by the Army had not been called off.

He was replying to a question on the number of people still stranded in the state, ravaged by floods. "At a point of time, the army personnel had to return to the barracks, but we are not in a hurry to do so until things stabilise," he said.

The Army has deployed 1,500 personnel including engineers and divers, for the rescue operation, the Lieutenant General said adding it would provide initial relief to the people hit by floods.

"We do the rescue work and initial relief work. We have got a large number of medical personnel from the Southern Command," he said.

Dwelling on the role of Army personnel in the current operations in the state, ravaged by landslides and floods, Soni said "We have saved people from tough areas".

"They (medical team) are here. I know there are hospitals here, the but the first relief will be given by our people which will be co-ordinated by the government departments," he said.

"As a precautionary measure, the Southern Command was working out a plan to make sure that equipment required to meet flood situations would be stationed in the region," Soni said.

"I want to make sure in the next two-three months, this is centrally located in the region, so that long and large scale movement are not resorted to at a time of calamity. We will be prepared...I promise," Soni said.

He said the Army had brought 25 boats from Jodhpur, 15 from Bhopal and many other relief equipment from Pune and Bengaluru.

The Defence personnel have played a key role in the rescue operations in trying conditions and built temporary bridges among a range of activities to help the flood hit people of the state.

Updated Date: Aug 20, 2018 22:35:05 IST