Tap into soldiers’ expertise in disaster relief

Cyclone Fani has occupied centre stage right from its tracking to its landfall and the coordinated evacuation and relief operations along with the armed forces. It’s not uncommon to watch the news and hear every other day of a toddler falling into a borewell, and more often the Army is called out to execute the rescue.

The floods in Uttarakhand, Srinagar and Chennai are among the few where the rescue efforts were seen live on television across the nation.

An incident that happened at McLeodganj, Dharamsala, in 2014 comes to mind as one of the many unseen acts of daring rescues. The Triund peak is a trekkers’ destination. As Divisional Commander at Palampur, I received a frantic call one evening at 8 pm from an Air Commodore in Mumbai regarding his brother having gone missing from trekking to Triund peak that day.

Apparently, he had left alone on the trek and was not to be found till late evening. His mobile phone was also not in communication range. Read more

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