Kerala continues to reel under unprecedented rains and floods. Many have lost their lives and thousands of people have been displaced and rendered homeless in Kerala floods. Large parts of the state, which is known for its verdant valleys and plantations, have been devastated and looked like a massive swamp, with houses flattened and marooned, and crops destroyed.
The state is going through one of the worst flood crisis in its entire history. The massive deluge has also wrecked the state’s travel and tourism industry and seriously impacted its plantation sector.
Meanwhile, whenever this kind of situation and emergencies occur, it is the services of the Indian armed forces that are often called into. In fact, the Indian Army has been at the forefront of relief operations in flood-ravaged Kerala.
As torrential rains had thrown normal life out of gear in many parts of the state, the Indian Army, along with other armed forces, has sprung into action, extending all support to local people and authorities in handling the situation. They are working 24×7 in evacuating hapless people from isolated places, constructing temporary bridges, repairing and clearing roads in villages, braving incessant rain and landslip threats.
However, of the massive relief and rescue operations that the Indian Army has been carrying out in current flood-hit Kerala, one particular act of the armed forces speaks volumes and is winning hearts from all quarters. Indeed, it truly deserves our highest praise and appreciation.
That is the building of a 40-foot bridge in Malappuram’s Wandoor town by Army’s Engineer Task Force using only the local resources available in the area.
The army personnel used only local resources such as trunks and branches of fallen trees, improvised the washed-away bridge and saved many people from the district.
However, it is not just this 40-foot bridge, in another instance, when a landslide destroyed a road at Pallivasal near Munnar, troops from Madras Regiment of Pangode Military Station evacuated dozens of tourists stuck in private hotels by constructing a temporary bridge over the destroyed road.
In fact, there are many other instances, which don’t find a mention here, where Indian armed forces have done an incredible job in the ongoing rescue operations in Kerala. Our immense thanks and appreciation goes out to them.
Meanwhile, the Army has titled the relief work in Kerala floods as ‘Operation Sahyog’ (cooperation). And as per the latest update, the total death toll in the floods has risen to 39 till now.