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Kerala to hold farewell for defence forces on Sunday to express its gratitude

The Kerala government will Sunday organise a farewell for various defence forces who helped in relief and rescue operations during the recent unprecedented floods in the state to express its gratitude.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2018, 20:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
Defence forces were involved in several daring rescue acts such as the air-lifting of a pregnant woman and winching up of a two-year-old which won them widespread appreciation.
Defence forces were involved in several daring rescue acts such as the air-lifting of a pregnant woman and winching up of a two-year-old which won them widespread appreciation. (HT File Photo)

The Kerala government will Sunday organise a farewell for various defence forces who helped in relief and rescue operations during the recent unprecedented floods in the state to express its gratitude.

“The government has decided to organise a farewell on August 26 to express its love and gratitude towards the various defence forces that helped in relief and rescue operations in the state,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Defence forces were involved in several daring rescue acts such as the air-lifting of a pregnant woman and winching up of a two-year-old which won them widespread appreciation. They also contributed to relief efforts, including shipping material and providing medical assistance to the displaced people.

The Indian navy had on Wednesday called off its 14-day long Operation Madad during which it had evacuated 16,005 people.

Besides the navy, personnel of the Army, the Air Force and Coast Guard were also involved in the rescue and relief operations along with the civil administration, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and volunteers, including fishermen.

Army’s Southern Command chief Lt Gen DR Soni had on Monday said its personnel would continue to be engaged in the rescue operations in the flood-hit state till the situation stabilised.

The Indian Air Force on Friday said it is engaged in providing medical facilities to the affected people in relief camps, with its teams treating over 1,600 people in 26 camps. It has also set up a 10-bed mobile hospital and a Rapid Action Medical Team at Chetankery near Pathanamthitta’s Thiruvala.

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