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Deluge: Navy has not given any bill to Ker govt, says Vice

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The Monday said it has not given "any bill" to the government after carrying out rescue and relief operations during the deluge in August.

About 17,000 people, caught in the gushing waters in flood-ravaged Kerala, were rescued by the

"We have not given any bill to the state government," Anil Kumar Chawla, Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, told reporters here.

His statement came in response to a question on reports that some agencies involved in rescue efforts during the floods in August this year had given bills worth crores for rupees to the

recently said the state has to pay Rs 290 crore to the Centre towards the rations received and rescue assistance provided during the floods.

"has asked the state to pay over Rs 33.79 crore as the charge incurred for the rescue efforts during the deluge," Vijayan said last week.

The said according to the policy of the Indian Navy, expenses for humanitarian assistance are borne by the itself.

He said the Navy considers such deployment "as part of our training.... it is part of our mandate and part of our operational deployment."

In all, the had rescued 16,843 people, of which 1,173 were airlifted.

Navy personnel, who were part of the rescue mission code named "Operation Madad" in Kerala, had displayed their skills and courage in rescuing thousands of people from the worst floods experienced by the state in a century.

Responding to another question on Indian Navy's Abhilash Tomy's return to his favourite sports, the said he was sure that "he will be able to go back to sailing."

Abhilash had suffered severe injury when the main mast of his boat was ripped off in a storm in the high seas while participating in Race in September.

"He suffered a very unfortunate accident. Fortunately, there was no injury to his spinal chord," the vice admiral added.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:40 IST