GUWAHATI, July 26 - The Army has swung into flood relief and rescue operations in the affected areas of lower Assam.
An Army release said that the Army received distress calls from the populace of Chirang and Bongaigaon in the late afternoon asking for succour from floods.
�The Army swung into action despite heavy rains and swift currents. Reacting swiftly to provide humanitarian assistance, the Army launched one column in Chirang and two columns in Bongaigaon with boats. The Army personnel waded through rushing currents and their boats plowed through in a bid to rescue marooned people. Two hundred people were saved in Chirang district while in Bongaigaon 150 people were saved from drowning,� it said.
The Army also conducted a medical camp in Kokrajhar helping 100 patients. Based on earlier experience and lessons learnt in the recently-concluded exercise �Jalrahat�, the Army pre-placed the flood relief equipment at designated places for their swift employment on a need basis in the shortest possible time-frame, providing succour to the people suffering due to the fury of floods.