Troops used local resources — trunks and branches of fallen trees — and help from the local people to complete the washed-away bridge, reported the Twitter handle of the Indian Army.
In its tweet, the Army also hailed the efforts of an operator, Adarsh Mohan, who showed great courage by crossing the raging river to establish contact with the other end.
#Update Venthodanpadi bridge connecting Chokkad & Kalikavu was washed away. Rescue columns utilizing local resource… https://t.co/c5U0xIJ6yY
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) 1534164917000
In another instance, when a landslide destroyed a road at Pallivasal near Munnar, troops from Madras Regiment of Pangode Military Station evacuated dozens of tourists stuck in private hotels by constructing a temporary bridge over the destroyed road.
#OpsSahyog:A major landslide destroyed road at #Pallivasal near #Munnar. Both domestic&foreign tourists got stran… https://t.co/8QKJMJBSbd
— PRO Defence Trivandrum (@DefencePROTvm) 1533926886000
At another location, the Army’s bridge-constructing skills came in handy when it completed a 40-feet-long Improvised Foot Over Bridge with the help of the locals.
#Update #KeralaFloods2018. #Engineer Task Force constructs 40 ft Improvised Foot Over Bridge using local resources… https://t.co/3k8UK4oxL3
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) 1534067395000
The Army has titled the relief work in Kerala as ‘Operation Sahyog’ (cooperation).
Evacuating those stranded from gushing flood waters to removing huge granite blocks on roads — the defence personnel are showcasing war-front like services in the hamlets of rain-hit Kerala.
As torrential rains had thrown normal life out of gear in many parts of Kerala last week, the personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have sprung into action, extending all support to local people and authorities to face the deluge.
Since then, the defence personnel are tirelessly working 24×7 in evacuating hapless people from isolated places, constructing temporary bridges, repairing and clearing roads in villages of Kerala, braving incessant rains and landslip threats.
They are also unhesitatingly joining hands with local authorities in distributing food articles and organising medical camps in many places.
Army personnel have helped bring the tribals living in remote settlements to the rehabilitation camps in mainland in high range Idukki and Wayanad districts, authorities said.
When the army team had reached Virinjapara- Mankulam area in Idukki district two days ago, the situation was very bad due to inclement weather and lack of connectivity, reported PTI.
A concrete bridge was washed away in the region in heavy rains leading to the isolation of 800 families there. The stranded people were evacuated and shifted to the relief camps after the Army men repaired the bridge, restoring the connectivity.
Army units are equipped with rescue boats, medicines and all emergency supplies for the immediate response.
Indian Army’s Karnataka and Kerala sub-area, headquartered in Bangalore, is controlling the entire disaster response and rescue operation in Kerala.
A total of 8 columns of army personnel have been deployed at various parts of the state in which two are posted exclusively for worst-hit Idukki district.
In addition to this, two columns of Military Engineering Group (MEG) of Indian Army from Bangalore and one from Hyderabad were deployed in various affected districts of northern Kerala.
Besides the defence personnel, teams of National Defence Response Force (NDRF) are also extending assistance to the administration.
(With inputs from PTI)