The army worked with the state government to save hundreds in the rain-battered Kerala.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan acknowledges and commends the efforts of the Armed Forces and has said that the death toll in the floods in Kerala would be much higher if the army had not provided timely assistance to people in the flood-ravaged state.
During a formal farewell task on Sunday at the Air Force Station in Shanghumukham, in honor of the armed forces, Mr. Vijayan said that the disaster would have been much greater if the forces had not cooperated with the government in Kerala.
"We could immediately witness the courageous initiatives they have taken to save those who were stranded in the flood waters," he added.
Mr. Vijayan appreciated the military and paramilitary forces that saved the helpless, thrilling adverse conditions, said an official statement. "All we can say is that your services will also be remembered in the coming times, with gratitude and appreciation."
The Prime Minister presented quotes to Air Marshal B. Suresh, Air Officer Commanding Chief of Southern Air Command and Rear Admiral R.J. Nadkarni, chief of staff, Southern Naval Command, among others.
Air Marshal Suresh said that they could act efficiently because of the clear instructions from the Chief Minister. "He led from the front."
The Air Marshal also appreciated the volunteers, fishermen and all those who were part of the rescue and relief activities and greeted the "indomitable spirit of Malayalees".
Hundreds have been killed and hundreds of thousands have become homeless in the worst floods to hit Kerala since 1924.
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