Three people stranded on an island in Kadva river due to heavy downpour at Kundewadi village in Niphad taluka of Nashik district were rescued by the army on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, at around 6pm, an SOS call was received by Army Flood Relief Control Room at Devlali from Nashik district collector Radhakrishnan B for assistance in rescuing three people stranded on an island inside river Kadva, a defence statement issued here said on Thursday.
“As soon as the alert was received, a flood relief column of Indian Army located at Devlali was launched immediately, which reached the location at around 9.30pm. Flood relief operations that include quick mobilisation, detailed reconnaissance and planning on site, coordination with civil administration and expeditious rescue effort, resulted in saving lives of three persons,” it said.
Nashik received heavy rainfall last week, resulting in a rise in water level in all rivers and nullahs. Kundewadi village is located on banks of river Kadva.
Initial reconnaissance, co-ordination with civil administration and locals was carried out and a rescue team was formed, which involved people from the army and civil administration.
“The rescue team physically moved across the water channel with the help of a rope and human chain to establish a crossing across to the first island by 11.30pm. Meanwhile, the flow from Phalkhed dam was controlled by civil authorities to regulate water current,” the release said.
Subsequently, a boat (without motor) was employed to ferry additional manpower and stores across the first island. The same boat was then moved forward with help of ropes to second island and those stranded were rescued and brought to the river bank.
The rescue operation lasted for about 10 hours.