Bengaluru, Aug 13 : People affected by floods in North Karnataka celebrated the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival two days early on Tuesday by tying thread on the wrists of Indian Army personnel who came to their rescue while they were stranded in floods that ravaged in 17 Districts of Karnataka during the last three weeks. The affected people were of the opinion that they saving own life was under peril until the rescue workers including the Indian Army officers and jawans, besides NDRF, Karnataka Disaster Management Force and the fire force personnel lent a hand, chancing their own lives in a most challenging catastrophic situation.
‘’Their (rescue workers) deed is bigger than any gift that a brother can give during Raksha Bhandhan, when I faced threat to my life,” pregnant woman Savitri, said after tying Raksha Bhandhan to an Army officer during a touching meeting of the flood affected and the rescue workers including Indian Army personnel. The rescue team yesterday celebrated ‘Bakri Eid’ festival by having lunch with Muslims men and women in relief centres. On the occasion of Eid, villagers at Shirgur Taluk, Raibag District, Belagavi, invited Major Rathour and his team for Namaz in Village mosque.
Soldiers and villagers had ‘seviyan kheer’ and ‘biryani’ together and villagers thanked Indian Army for their relentless rescue operations that saved the lives of hundreds of stranded flood victims. The Military rescue team, comprising personnel from Army and Navy rescued thousands of stranded people from the flood ravaged 15 districts in Karnataka. On Monday the team also rescued more than 75 people including 25 foreigners from Veerapura Gaddi in world heritage centre Hampi.
One of the SDRF rescue team comprising five people had escaped death by a whisker when their dhingie overturned in the swollen Tungabhadra river and they were rescued by the Navy and Army personnel from fast flowing flood water faced threat of getting drowned their boat caught in the middle of flood water in the Krishna river. However, they were immediately rescued by helicopters that were pressed into service.UNI