Thiruvananthapuram: The Central forces will continue to support in the relief operations, mainly in Kuttanad area, even as the joint flood operations of the forces have been called off.
Air officer commanding-in-chief Air Marshal B Suresh said that rescue operations posed big challenges owing to factors like the terrain and density of population and it also happened to one of the major disaster rescue operation in terms of load as about 1,200 ton was airlifted.
Mr. Suresh, who held a joint press conference along with Pangode military station commanded Brigadier C G Arun and Southern Naval Command commander S Sanooj here on Sunday, said that the forces would continue to support the relief operations by providing medical assistance and helping in sending relief materials.
It already helped in restoration of many roads and bridges and would be cooperating with the government is such operations as well even as the formal humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations in flood hit areas ended.
Mr. Suresh refused to comment on allegations that the lapses in regulation release of water from dams led to the floods.
He however said that the lessons from the current rescue operations would be used to improve the rescue operations during any such occasions in future.
While the Air Force pressed into service 26 helicopters, the Navy operated 20 aircraft and army 70 teams for the rescue operations. While the air force rescued 11,96,736 kilo gram loads, army and navy could rescue over 30,000 people....