The Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army recently conducted a joint flood relief exercise called ‘Jal Rahat’ at Hagrama Bridge on Manas River in Assam. The purpose of the exercise was to validate joint drills and enhance coordination among multiple agencies involved in flood relief operations. The event witnessed the participation of various organizations, including the Indian Army, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), and police representatives. The exercise focused on coordinating preparedness and conducting rescue missions in flood-affected areas.
Strengthening Collaboration and Coordination:
The ‘Jal Rahat’ exercise aimed to strengthen collaboration and coordination among different agencies involved in flood relief operations. By conducting joint drills and rehearsals, the exercise provided an opportunity for the specialist teams from the Army, NDRF, and SDRF to work together seamlessly. This joint effort ensured a more efficient and effective response to rescue and evacuate people from inundated areas during floods.
Utilizing Local Resources:
One of the key highlights of the exercise was the practice of using innovative expedients by the flood relief columns. Teams from the Indian Army and SSB demonstrated the utilization of local resources to tackle the challenges posed by floods. This approach showcased the importance of leveraging available materials and skills in the affected regions to enhance the effectiveness of relief operations. By incorporating local resources, the teams displayed adaptability and resourcefulness in dealing with flood-related calamities.
Evacuation of Thousands of Lives:
The Indian Army has been at the forefront of flood relief operations for several years. Through their relentless efforts, they have successfully evacuated thousands of lives from flood-affected areas, providing critical assistance during times of crisis. The ‘Jal Rahat’ exercise served as a testament to the Army’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the affected population. By participating in such exercises, the Army continues to refine its strategies, techniques, and coordination with other agencies to enhance its flood relief capabilities.
Senior Dignitaries Witness the Event:
The ‘Jal Rahat’ exercise received high-level attention and support, as senior dignitaries from the Army, Civil, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), DC Offices of Bongaigaon and Chirang, and SSB were present to witness the event. Their presence highlighted the significance of the exercise and the importance of a coordinated response to mitigate the impact of floods. The participation of senior officials ensured effective communication, cooperation, and shared learnings among all stakeholders involved.
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