Pune: Lt Gen P Mohammed Hariz, the General Officer Commanding in Chief of Pune-headquartered Southern Army Command on Friday, made an aerial and ground survey of flood affected areas of Gujarat.
The officer assured the state government of the Indian Army’s continued commitment to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in these trying times, a press release from the Ministry of Defence
stated. Earlier on Thursday Lt Gen Hariz had met Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and assured them of continuous support of the Army towards the condition.
Lt Gen Hariz visited Thara medical camp in Banaskantha district of Gujarat. He was accompanied by Lt General P S Rajeshwar, Corps Commander of Konark Corps and Major General Anil Puri, General Officer Commanding of Golden Katar Division.
The Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha and Mehsana districts in north Gujarat are severally affected by floods due to heavy rains.
The Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have launched massive humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in the state which have been hugely affected by floods.
The death toll due to rains and flooding rose to 129 on Friday and 3,622 people were rescued by the NDRF from north Patan and Banaskantha.
During the past over a week-long onslaught of rains, 1.12 lakh people were evacuated and shifted to safer places. The Government of India has announced an interim relief package of Rs 500 crore. It is also announced that the ex gratia of Rs 2 lakhs will be given to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to people seriously injured in the floods. Over 600,000 food packets were distributed in affected districts in north Gujarat.