WATCH: Pakistan Army conducts daring rescue op to save citizen in Kohistan

Had the team not reached on time, the individual could have drowned in flood, says ISPR

News Desk August 28, 2022
Had the army team not reached on time, the individual could have drowned in flood. SCREENGRAB

In an extremely dangerous and challenging situation Pakistan army aviation pilots rescued a stranded individual surrounded in flood waters in Kohistan area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Hazara division on Sunday, the military said in a statement.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), an emergency call was made by the Kohistan administration. "Responding immediately, GOC Mangla Division and Commander Mangla Brigade who were on flood assessment mission near Pattan diverted from original flight to save the previous life," it added.

ISPR said that had the team not reached on time, the individual could have drowned in the flood. "The pilots made daring attempt, lower the helicopter and the officers and crew lifted the individual safely," the statement said.

"Pakistan Army and Pakistan army aviation keeping in with their traditions will not hesitate to save their brothers and sisters in line with COAS vision that people of Pakistan are our priority and we won’t rest until every single individual is reached and helped," it further said.

Relief operation in Swat

Earlier in the day, four special army aviation helicopters rescued 110 stranded people from Khawazakhela to Kanju Cantt in Swat.

“The stranded people who were struck at [the[ mountain top in Kumrat will be evacuated by army helicopters specially flown from Kamju Cantt, Swat, as soon as the weather permits,” the ISPR said.

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It furthered a flood relief control centre has been established by Dir scouts and directed people to contact them on the following numbers for assistance in case of an emergency: 0309-1311310, 0323-5780067 and 0945-825526

Relief operation in Rajanpur

The ISPR said a relief operation was undertaken by the Pakistan Army in District Rajanpur, Punjab, and flood-affected victims were provided with ration bags and tents.

The army continued rescue and relief operations in all flood-hit areas of districts Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

“Pakistan Army teams rescued [a] number of people stranded in [the] affected area, including women and children, along with their belongings and shifted them to safer places,” said the ISPR.

The press release further maintained, “People living in relief camps are being provided with cooked food and dry ration. Pakistan Army is utilising all available resources to help the flood-affected people including immediate medical care at the medical camps set up by [the] army.”

Earlier, Pakistan Army rescued 22 tourists who had gone from Islamabad and got struck in Kumrat valley in Upper Dir of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

In order to help the flood victims, 7,522 Pakistan Army troops have been deployed along with 50 boats, whereas 25 field medical camps have also been established. As many as 25,000 patients have been treated so far.



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