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Operation Varsha Launched By The Army’s Southern Command To Help States Affected By Floods

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  • The Army's 54th Infantry Division, commonly known as the Bison Division and with its headquarters in Secunderabad, responded to the flood situation in Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district earlier this week.
  • The 11th Infantry Division, also known as the Golden Katar Division, with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, organised a medical camp for the Amreli district's flood-affected communities.

Operation Varsha-22, a flood relief initiative led by the Indian Army’s Southern Command, which has its headquarters in Pune, aims to provide evacuation, rescue, and medical assistance in a number of flood-affected states.

Over the past few days, appropriate local organisations have responded to flood crises that have developed in Telangana and Maharashtra. According to officials, relief teams made up of engineering and medical columns are on standby in various locations within the Southern Command’s sphere of influence. The Southern Command’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) initiative includes Operation Varsha.

In the Maharashtra district of Chandrapur on Wednesday, columns from the Maharashtra Gujarat and Goa (MG&G) Area of Southern Command, which included soldiers from the Guards Regimental Centre and the 269 Engineer Regiment, carried out flood rescue operations and evacuated 113 citizens to safety.

The Army’s 54th Infantry Division, commonly known as the Bison Division and with its headquarters in Secunderabad, responded to the flood situation in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district earlier this week. Flood Relief Teams from the Bison Division have begun working in the Bhadradri Kothagudem District’s Sarapaka Town. According to a tweet from the Southern Command, fifteen families were evacuated to safer locations.

At Sarapaka, 65 people, including children and the elderly, were screened and given medical attention by the teams from the Bison Division.

The 11th Infantry Division, also known as the Golden Katar Division, with its headquarters in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, organised a medical camp for the Amreli district’s flood-affected communities.

In Kerala in 2018, the Southern Command troops, along with the local government, undertook significant disaster relief operations. During the 2019 floods in the Maharashtra districts of Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur, Southern Command launched “Operation Madad” to aid in rescue and relief efforts.

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