SILCHAR: In continuation with the indefatigable flood-rescue efforts in the Silchar Town of Assam, Srikona Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 21 Sector Assam Rifles & IGAR (East) continued to launch flood rescue operations for the fifth consecutive day in general area of Rangir Khari in Silchar town of Assam.
With the water having risen over the danger level, large swathes of the area were inundated with entire colonies and civil habitats were inundated. Even though a major inter-agency joint effort in previous days had helped evacuate thousands, many more remained stranded in the heavy flood. Swift & coordinated actions were carried out to rescue precious lives and to calm the rising panic among residents reeling from rising water levels. The column carried out extensive rescue operations prioritizing people in dire need of medical attention as well as the old, infirm and weak. The timely and swift action resulted in 265 lives being saved including 101 males, 130 females and 34 children and a major humanitarian disaster being averted for the time being. Additionally, the column also assisted the civil administration in providing nine boat loaded with food, essential stores and precious water to those stranded within their homes. Rescue efforts are going on with the locals appreciating the yeoman service rendered by Assam Rifles.