Hyderabad, Oct 3 :
To tackle the alarming flood situation in Andhra Pradesh, 600 army personnel with the help of 15 helicopters are working round the clock to carry out the rescue and relief operation.
According to reports reaching Hyderabad on Saturday the Choppers will fly from Bangalore , Tirupati and Vijayawada to air-drop food and water packets to the marooned people in the flood affected areas of Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts.
Arrangements have already been made to provide 2,00,000 water and food packets to flood-affected people in the state. According to Dinesh Kumar , commissioner for the disaster management the break up of army personnel in the flood affected areas is as follows.
About 250 army personnel are deployed in Kurnool district, 170 in Mahabubnagar and another 150 in Krishna district to assist the authorities in carrying out the rescue and relief works. Apart from the army personnel others who are engaged in relief and rescue operations are Disaster Management Response Force personnel from Tamil Nadu, Bhubaneswar and Pune.
Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy who is in touch with the relief operations team in the flood affected areas said that the army personnel were provided with 48 mechanised boats to pick up the marooned people from submerged villages and towns. In Mahabubnagar district another 15 mechanised boats were preseed into service to evacuate the people to safer place.