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'God Came Wearing Uniforms', Kerala Flood Victims Laud Rescuers

India | News18 | August 21, 2018, 10:00 am
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 Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 The Centre deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

The Centre deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Army and Air Force swing into action for the disaster relief and rescue operation which is going on in the disaster-hit districts in Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Army and Air Force swing into action for the disaster relief and rescue operation which is going on in the disaster-hit districts in Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Kerala flood victims are lauding the efforts of the rescuers. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Kerala flood victims are lauding the efforts of the rescuers. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 The downpours that started August 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

The downpours that started August 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 A rescued Kerala flood victim lauded the efforts of the NCC Kottayam unit tweeting:

A rescued Kerala flood victim lauded the efforts of the NCC Kottayam unit tweeting: "All the temples, mosques and churches here are drowned in water, but God came wearing uniforms to save us". (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Heavy rains hit parts of the state again, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Heavy rains hit parts of the state again, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Indian Army helping Kerala flood victims. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Indian Army helping Kerala flood victims. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 With thousands of Kerala residents shifted to relief camps and several others displaced, the fear of venomous reptiles and harmful animals grips people. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

With thousands of Kerala residents shifted to relief camps and several others displaced, the fear of venomous reptiles and harmful animals grips people. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 As a precautionary measure, the state government has put out a list of helpline numbers where locals can reports in case they fear snakes or any other animals in their areas. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

As a precautionary measure, the state government has put out a list of helpline numbers where locals can reports in case they fear snakes or any other animals in their areas. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Column of DSC Centre rescued approximately 100 civilians from the flooded area of Kakkodi, Kiralur and Oorkadavu near Kozhikode town on August 16. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Column of DSC Centre rescued approximately 100 civilians from the flooded area of Kakkodi, Kiralur and Oorkadavu near Kozhikode town on August 16. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Another 100 civilians rescued the flood victims at Parambil Palli Makkam area. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Another 100 civilians rescued the flood victims at Parambil Palli Makkam area. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 More than 300,000 people have taken shelter in over 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

More than 300,000 people have taken shelter in over 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Indian Army carrying young kids on their shoulder during 'Operation Madad' in Kerala. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Indian Army carrying young kids on their shoulder during 'Operation Madad' in Kerala. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 But authorities said they were being inundated with calls for assistance, local media reported.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

But authorities said they were being inundated with calls for assistance, local media reported.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Officials estimate more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Officials estimate more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Indian Army helping flood victims in Kerala. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Indian Army helping flood victims in Kerala. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Meteorologists expect the rains to ease up over the next few days.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Meteorologists expect the rains to ease up over the next few days.(Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Flood Relief Column of Konark Corps inducted to Kozhikode to supplement the ongoing assistance to Civil Administration. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

Flood Relief Column of Konark Corps inducted to Kozhikode to supplement the ongoing assistance to Civil Administration. (Image: Twitter/ADG PI)

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 Air Force personnel carry out rescue operations at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

Air Force personnel carry out rescue operations at a flood-affected region following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Kochi. (Image: PTI)

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 Total eight columns of Army have been deployed in different parts of Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Total eight columns of Army have been deployed in different parts of Kerala. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The Army station located at Pangode in Trivandrum had already deployed one column of Army personnel under the supervision of a Captain rank officer in Idukki district. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The Army station located at Pangode in Trivandrum had already deployed one column of Army personnel under the supervision of a Captain rank officer in Idukki district. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 They are stationed at Adimali in Idukki and rescue operation is progressing. (Image: Special Arrangement)

They are stationed at Adimali in Idukki and rescue operation is progressing. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 DSC Kannur has deployed one column of DSC personnel to Idukki. So Idukki presently has two column of defence personnel in operation. (Image: Special Arrangement)

DSC Kannur has deployed one column of DSC personnel to Idukki. So Idukki presently has two column of defence personnel in operation. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 DSC Kannur has deployed four more column at Iritty, Thamarassery, Wayanad and Malappuram. (Image: Special Arrangement)

DSC Kannur has deployed four more column at Iritty, Thamarassery, Wayanad and Malappuram. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The rescue mission in Wayanad district is controlled by a Lieutenant Colonel. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The rescue mission in Wayanad district is controlled by a Lieutenant Colonel. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 One column of Army posted by DSC Kannur at Wayanad divided themselves into two groups and one in Vaithiry and Panamaram areas in Wayanad. They are carrying out rescue operations in close quarters with the Civil Administration. (Image: Special Arrangement)

One column of Army posted by DSC Kannur at Wayanad divided themselves into two groups and one in Vaithiry and Panamaram areas in Wayanad. They are carrying out rescue operations in close quarters with the Civil Administration. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The DSC personnel with three columns cleared roadblocks so as to clear flow of water in the right direction and made temporary bridges in the Thamarassery Churam and Kozhikode. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The DSC personnel with three columns cleared roadblocks so as to clear flow of water in the right direction and made temporary bridges in the Thamarassery Churam and Kozhikode. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Due to the unfavourable climate, the team took almost eight hours to travel 46 km. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Due to the unfavourable climate, the team took almost eight hours to travel 46 km. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The timely intervention and assistance by the defence forces helped affected people bring to safer places. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The timely intervention and assistance by the defence forces helped affected people bring to safer places. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The rescue operation carried out by Army and Air Force in association with NDRF personnel is still going on. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The rescue operation carried out by Army and Air Force in association with NDRF personnel is still going on. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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