Later, Admiral Lanba told reporters that the Army, Navy and Airforce along with other central agencies and the state government had worked together as a team to rescue people stranded in heavy rains and floods in the state.
The Navy alone, through its helicopters and boats, had rescued nearly 17,000 people, he noted.
They worked together as a team, rescued people, distributed relief materials and food and set up relief camps and community kitchens in Kochi, Lanba said.
The Navy chief further said the Navy has identified two flood-hit villages in Ernakulam district to undertake rehabilitation initiatives.
The deluge in the state, the worst in a century, had claimed 474 lives since May 29, besides causing widespread destruction.
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