ARMY IN HU­MAN­I­TAR­IAN SER­VICE

SP's LandForces - - NEWS IN BRIEF -

The Army Air De­fence (AAD) es­tab­lish­ment at Gopalpur in Odisha, which lay on the di­rect path of the cy­clone Phailin that struck land­mass on Oc­to­ber 12, evening, saved the four ad­join­ing vil­lage pop­u­la­tion lo­cated in its vicin­ity from the on­slaught of the cy­clone that left a trail of flat­tened fields, up­rooted trees and dam­aged power py­lons among other things. The vil­lagers were given shel­ter in the Army es­tab­lish­ment and were pro­vided food and other ba­sic ameni­ties be­fore let­ting them pro­ceed to their homes on Oc­to­ber 13, morn­ing. Al­though the cy­clone has abated from the re­gion, the AAD Col­lege, one of In­dian Army’s pre­miere train­ing es­tab­lish­ment, had geared up to not just safe­guard its own as­sets but also the lives of the civil­ians liv­ing around their camp.

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