Cochin – Army and Air Force swing into action for the disaster relief and rescue operation which is going on in the disaster hit districts In Kerala.
Total eight columns of Army have been deployed in different parts of kerala.
The Army station located at Pangode in Trivandrum had already deployed one column of Army personnel under the supervision of a Captain rank officer in Idukki district. They are stationed at Adimali in Idukki and rescue operation is progressing.
DSC Kannur has deployed one column of DSC personnel to Idukki. So Idukki presently has two column of defence personnel in operation. DSC Kannur has deployed four more column at Iritty, Thamarassery, Wayanad and Malappuram.
The rescue mission in Wayanad district is controlled by a Lieutenant Colonel. One column of Army posted by DSC Kannur at Wayanad divided themselves into two groups and one in Vaithiry and Panamaram areas in Wayanad. They are carrying out rescue operations in close quarter with the Civil Administration.
The DSC personnel with three columns cleared road blocks so as to clear flow of water in the right direction and made temporary bridges in the Thamarassery Churam and Kozhikode. Due to the unfavourable climate the team took almost eight hours to travel 46 km.
Two column MEG of Indian Army from Bangalore and one column from Hyderabad were deployed in various affected areas.
The Indian Air Force has pressed into action two helicopters for the search and rescue operation. One Mi-17IV and an ALH helicopters have been deployed from Sulur Air Force base. One AN-32 aircraft was flown to Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu to airlift the NDRF personnel for enhanced rescue operations and brought them to Kozhikode.
The timely intervention and assistance by the defence forces helped affected people bring to safer places. The rescue operation carried out by Army and Air Force in association with NDRF personnel is still going on.