Hundreds of volunteers and fishworkers joined hands with teams of the armed forces, National Disaster Response Force, and State government agencies in a massive operation to rescue over 82,000 citizens from flooded locations in four districts on Friday. The rescue efforts which commenced at daybreak continued into the night. Helicopters and boats were pressed into service at various locations in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, and Thrissur to locate flood victims, drop food supplies, and shift people to higher locations. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who discussed the flood situation with Mr.Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier in the day, said additional equipment, including big boats of the Army and more helicopters, would be used to rescue citizens marooned by floodwaters at Chalakudy and Chengannur, the worst affected areas. He said the Centre had made arrangements to supply 1,00,000 food packets to the flood victims.
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