ITANAGAR, July 2: Amid the severe flooding caused by the Nao and Buri Dihing rivers due to incessant rain, the Miao Battalion of the Assam Rifles (AR) under the aegis of the Spear Corps, carried out relief operation, ‘Jal Rahat’.

The operation was carried out in flood-affected areas of Miao, Kharsang, Bordumsa, Mahadevpur, Chowkham and Namsai, demonstrating extraordinary courage and commitment to saving lives and restoring normalcy amidst the natural disaster, a senior defence official said.

He said torrential rains had led to a sudden rise in the Dihing river, inundating several villages and leaving many families stranded.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the official said, the Miao Battalion swiftly mobilised its columns to conduct daring rescue missions.

Soldiers navigated hazardous floodwaters to evacuate vulnerable residents, including women, children, and elderly individuals, moving them to safer and higher ground and shelters, he said.

The official said soldiers also established adhoc rescue centers at five strategic locations, which served as vital command posts for coordinating rescue operations, deploying resources, and providing immediate assistance to displaced individuals.

The rapid establishment of these centers exemplifies the battalion's preparedness and capability to respond effectively in crisis situations, he pointed.

Recognizing the critical need for medical care, the Battalion also set up medical aid camps at four adhoc sites, providing essential healthcare services, treating injured people affected by the floods.

The Battalion also launched a comprehensive relief distribution program and provides food supplies and essential provisions to displaced families, the official added.