"The Army has placed 20 flood relief columns ready to react and deploy at short notice", Public Relation Officer (PRO), Defence (Northern Command), Col S D Goswami said.

One army column consists of 75 to 100 troops. "Due to incessant rains and rising levels of water above danger levels at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh, Indian Army was formally requisitioned for aid to civil authorities for floods for Srinagar District from Civil Administration on the evening of 30th March", Col Goswami added.

In addition, various flood relief stores and equipment have been sidestepped and 30 BAUTS (Boat Assault Universal Type) have been kept ready for deployment at short notice, he said.

The Army spokesman said that BAUTS have been shifted from Srinagar to South Kashmir and from North Kashmir to Srinagar.

"The BAUTS have been placed for rescue operations at Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramullah and Khanabal for rescue operations", he explained.

In addition 11 Army's rescue BAUTS have been placed at BB Cantt, four at Haft Chinar and four at Tattoo Ground in Srinagar itself, he added.

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