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New Delhi : The flood situation in Maharashtra and Karnataka continues to be of concern due to incessant and heavy spells of rain and release of water from major reservoirs over the last few days.  The Indian Army is assisting the Maharashtra and Karnataka state authorities in carrying out relief and rescue operations in flood hit areas.

As on August 7, 2019, a total of 16 Columns and 12 Engineer Task Forces comprising almost 1,000 Army personnel have been deployed in Belgaum, Bagalkot, and Raichur districts of Karnataka and Raigad, Kohlapur and Sangli district of Maharashtra to carry out flood relief operations.

A total of around 500 persons have been rescued, provided medical aid and given food packets. The rescue operations by Army personnel are presently underway in the Villages of Birwadi and Asankoli in Raigad District, and Mouje Digraj, Haripur and Nandre Village of Sangli and Kohlapur District.  More than 1,200 – 1,300 hundred people are reported to be stranded in these villages.  Despite inclement weather and continuous rain in the region, all efforts are being made to evacuate the villagers along with NDRF and civil administration.

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