Kerala’s flood crisis can be dated back to 1924. Over the past few days, there has been a complete havoc in the state due to rain and as a result, many have lost their relatives, belongings, and houses.
Army has once again come forward in such emergency situations to help people. Be it evacuating hapless people from isolated places, repairing or cleaning roads in the villages of Kerala or constructing temporary bridges- the army has been working 24×7 to stabilize the condition there.
To counter the landslip threats and incessant rains in Malappuram district, the army has built a 40-foot bridge. By using local resources available in the area, the personnel has improvised the bridge, which was badly hit by flood water.
In another incident, a make-shift bridge was created by Army in Wayanad using trees to rescue about 800 stranded people.
Calling the relief work in Kerala as ‘Operation Sahyog’ (cooperation), ten columns of Army along with personnel from Navy, Air Force, and NDRF are engaged in relief and rescue work in badly hit districts, including Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, and Wayanad, as mentioned in the report.
#Update #KeralaFloods2018 Column of 44 Field Regiment constructed foot bridge at area Padikkad from local resources. In heavily pouring rain the construction was completed. We are at it #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief pic.twitter.com/dKRf3zGe9S
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 15, 2018
Till now, 39 people have lost their lives in Kerala. Kerala CM Vijayan said the state has already suffered an overall loss of Rs 8,316 crore and Kerala floods have fully destroyed nearly 20,000 houses and nearly 10,000 km of state PWD roads have been damaged.