Operation Madad and Operation Sahyog launched to rescue people in flood-hit Kerala
Indian Navy has launched Operation Madad, major rescue and relief operation in flood-hit Kerala. Indian Army also has launched Operation Sahyog to rescue people in flood-hit Kerala. Both operations will support rescue and relief efforts of civil administration and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF).
The operation was launched to assist state administration and undertake disaster relief operations due to unprecedented flooding in many parts of Kerala following incessant rainfall and release of excess water from Idukki and other dams. Under it, Naval helicopters were also deployed for ferrying divers, power tools, axes and relief material to flooded areas to augment ongoing relief operations. Moreover, 50-men contingent was also positioned at Naval Armament Depot (NAD) Aluva fully equipped for assistance in any kind of eventuality. In addition, Naval Hospital, INHS Sanjivani also rendered medical assistance as required. Naval personnel from INS Venduruthy also have set up community kitchen.
Indian Army has deployed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idukki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state. Karnataka and Kerala Sub area Headquartered at Bangalore was controlling the “Operation Sahyog” in Kerala. It has deployed total of eight columns of army personnel in various parts of Kerala in which two columns were exclusively kept for worst-hit Idukki district. In addition, 80 army personnel from Madras Regiment were deployed for ongoing rescue and relief operation for tourists at Pallivasal in Idukki. The army constructed temporary bridges for the evacuations of the stranded people from the isolated villages.