Sunday, October 4, 2009

Army joins rescue work in flood-hit areas of AP, Ktk

New Delhi, Oct 3 (PTI) Around 700 troops along with eight medical teams have been deployed by the Indian army to carry out relief and rescue operations in the flood-affected districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

"We have deployed eight columns along with medical teams and adequate rescue equipment and materials in Kurnool and Mehboobnagar districts in Andhra Pradesh and at Bijapur in Karnataka since yesterday to help the civil administration in relief and rescue operations," army officials said here.

The local administration had sought Defence Ministry's assistance in relief operations after the flood situation worsened, they said.

The Indian Air Force is also carrying out relief operations in the affected areas. Six helicopters swung into action yesterday evacuating people and dropping relief material, mainly food packets.

Till last night, the IAF had rescued 44 people, including 12 from Bellary district in Karnataka.

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