The last few days have been a tough ordeal for parts of Karnataka as heavy rainfall followed by extensive floods took wreaked havoc in the state. The Indian Army along with other agencies undertook massive rescue and relief operations.
As things slowly get back on track, Shirgur Village in Belgaum found a unique way to thank the soldiers. On the occasion of Eid, the residents of Shirgur invited Major Rathore and his team of Maratha Regiment for Namaz in a local mosque in the village. The elated soldiers joined the welcoming villagers who hosted them. Both parties bonded over Semiyan Kheer and Biryani. Visuals showed the villagers serving the soldiers who relentlessly conducted the rescue operations. Here are some pictures:
The tireless rescue and relief operations also involved many other agencies like NDRF and the Indian Navy. According to reports, the Maratha Regiment soldiers saved more than a hundred lives in two days on August 10 and 12. Meanwhile, in Western Maharashtra's Sangli District, people showed their kind gesture to the Indian Army soldiers who conducted rescue and relief operations. Women in Sangli celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the soldiers and tied rakhis. Here's a tweet by the Indian Army:
"Post-flood relief and rescue, some emotional moments with the Army in Sangli, Maharashtra. Our countrymen are our source of inspiration." they tweeted.
The devastating floods in several states across India have claimed 169 lives so far. In Karnataka, the death toll has reached 40 people. Over 200 personnel from the armed forces have been deployed across several states. In addition, all possible assets have been brought in for swift operations. The state disaster monitoring centre has also said that 5,81,702 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit areas. On Saturday, Chief Minister Yediyurappa had announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the deceased. Meanwhile, all schools and colleges- government and private in affected flood-hit districts are to remain closed till August 15.