As part of its efforts to assist the civil authorities in the flood-hit Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Armed Forces have rescued 2,200 people even as columns of the Army, Air Force and Navy remain engaged in the mission.

The Army has deployed two columns each in Kurnool and Vijayawada districts of Andhra Pradesh along with two medical teams and a column each in Ron, Hungan, Bijapur and Karwar districts of Karnataka, a Defence Ministry release said.

More than 4.5 tonnes of rations have been distributed by the Army to the marooned people in the two States. The Navy has deployed five teams for relief operations in Vijayawada and three teams in Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Two Chetak Naval helicopters are also operating in Vijayawada. In Karnataka, Navy deployed two diving teams in North Kannada district and a team of 32 men including three paramedics are engaged in landslip rescue operations near Karwar.

The Air Force has till date deployed 29 aircraft and helicopters, carrying out 294 sorties. The Air Force has airlifted 15 boats, over 155 tonnes of rescue equipment and relief materials besides airlifting over 1,000 people including doctors, paramedics, rescue teams and flood-victims.

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