The troops of Southern Command played a vital role in saving the lives of 12,500 citizens during rescue and relief operations in the flood hit areas in Kerala. As per the Souther Command sources, a total of 10 columns and 13 engineer task force formed about 70 teams and currently carrying out continuous rescue and relief operations in the area. So far, approximately 26 temporary bridges have been constructed and repaired and approximately 50 roads have been opened and cleared for the general public. Along with this, a total of almost 12,500 people stranded in various parts of flood affected areas of Kerala have been rescued by the troops of Southern Command. HT PHOTOA view of the rescue operation in Kerala.That places where light and helicopters could not reach, my boys reached and saved lives...I am so proud of them, said Lt Gen DR Soni, Army Commander of Southern Command. Lt Gen Soni visited the flood affected areas in Kerala on August 20 and also addressed media persons at Trivandrum. The Army Commander complimented the troops for the wonderful work being put in by them in these operations. He also said that the operations will continue till such time the State Govt wants our assistance and we will continue to carry out any task given to us relentlessly with complete heart and soul HT PHOTOThe focus of the operations has shifted from rescue to relief being provided to flood affected people of the state.He also praised the synergy between various organisations working in the relief and rescue operations. The flood situation in South Kerala continues to be bad, while things are getting better in North Kerala. Additional medical teams have been pressed into action to augment the operations at multiple locations. The focus of the operations has shifted from rescue to relief being provided to flood affected people of the state.