KOLKATA: In view of the worsening flood situation in Assam, various resources of the Army have been kept on stand-by to assist in rescue and relief operations, a top defence official said on Tuesday.
Lt Gen Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, who was briefed by various commanders on ground about the preparations for rescue operations, assured of a quick response by the Army for the deployment of flood relief tasks.
Five columns of the Army have so far been requisitioned and are assisting in the relief operations, another defence official said.
The Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in coordination with the civil administration, he said.
There are 152 monitoring stations for providing timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods, the official said.
The Army has alerted flood relief columns which consist of rescue and relief materials, to be prepared for deployment on short notice, he said.
Ninety-five flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns as reserve have been kept on stand-by, the official added.