Army rushed to K'taka for rescue operation

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Bangalore/Hubli, Sep 19 (UNI) Army personnel have been pressed into service to rescue people stranded for more than 24 hours in three marooned villages in Gadag district of Karnataka today.

Two Indian Air Force choppers also arrived to assist civil authorities in rescue operation in Reddar Naganur, Shivanalli and Kanchenahalli villages.

Incessant rain, which lashed North Karnataka, had shown some respite and rescue operation had been taken up in full swing.

According to an official release here, an Army Column of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belgaum, led by Colonel S U Dasharath, provided food and medical aid to the rescued people.

Despite adverse conditions of heavy rains and swelling waters, the Column was continuing its work.

Major rivers in Northern Karnataka, including Krishna, Tungabhadra, Bhima and Malaprabha, were in spate following torrential rains and marooned several villages in Belgaum, Raichur, Bellary, Dharwad, Gadag and Belgaum districts.

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