Maratha Centre Army officer rescues woman from 15 feet flood water

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Belgavi, August 8, 2019 : An Army officer from Maratha Regimental Centre showed courage to rescue a woman who was trapped in 15 feet deep water at a village in Belgavi district of Karnataka on Wednesday.

The officer Major Rajpal Rathore strapped the woman on his back and rescued her at Masaguppi village in Belgavi. She had earlier refused to be evacuated.

The flood situation in Maharashtra and Karnataka continues to be grim due to incessant and heavy spells of rain and release of water from major reservoirs over the last few days.  The Indian Army is assisting the Maharashtra and Karnataka state authorities in carrying out relief and rescue operations in flood hit areas.

As on 07 August 2019, a total of 16 Columns and 12 Engineer Task Forces comprising of almost 1000 Army personnel have been employed in Belgaum, Bagalkot and Raichur district of Karnataka and Raigad, Kohlapur and Sangli district of Maharashtra to carryout flood relief operations.

A total of around 500 persons have been rescued, provided medical aid and distributed with food packets. The rescue operations by Army personnel are presently underway in the Villages of Birwadi and Asankoli in Raigad District, Mouje Digraj, Haripur and Nandre Village of Sangli and Kohlapur District.  More than 1200 – 1300 hundred people are reported to be stranded in these Villages.  Despite inclement weather and continuous rain in the region, all efforts are being made to evacuate the villagers along with NDRF and civil administration.