Thousands of people stranded in various regions in Maharashtra have been evacuated to safer places by rescuers, comprising the NDRF, the Army, police and local administration. Western Maharashtra districts of Sangli, Kolhapur and parts of Satara have been battling floods in the region since the last five days, triggered by rivers breaching their banks due to heavy rains and release of water from dams. Parts of Pune and Solapur districts have also been affected.
Thousands of people stranded in various areas in the region have been evacuated to safer places by rescuers, comprising the NDRF, the Army, police and local administration.
Meanwhile a heartwarming video has surfaced online in which a woman in a saree sitting in a relief boat, which was taking the people to a safe spot, is seen touching the feet of soldier who was standing right next to her to show her gratitude for rescuing her. She then seen touching the feet of another solider standing on another corner of the boat.
Journalist, Neeraj Rajput, took to his Twitter account to share the video with a caption: "Heartwarming video from #sangli where a woman pays gratitude by touching soldiers' feet for rescuing them #Floods2019 #FloodSangli."
Soon, the video has gone viral, with many hailing security forces and the woman.
Here’s how people reacted:
This will make you emotional! A woman in Sangli paid her gratitude to Indian soldiers by touching their feet, after she was rescued from flooded area. The soldiers were uncomfortable. Big salute to our jawans who get into the toughest weather conditions to keep the civilians safe pic.twitter.com/hNa5zLOIKi— Vibhinna Ideas (@Vibhinnaideas) August 10, 2019
When you spot God wearing the @adgpi uniform.— Singh Varun (@singhvarun) August 9, 2019
A woman who was rescued in Kolhapur floods couldn't stop herself from touching the feet of her rescuers the Indian Army officers. #MustWatch #respect pic.twitter.com/ND84KSUAtL
Sanatani sanskar are still alive in rural areas..... rural India is a million times richer in values ðŸ™ÂðŸ™ÂðŸ™ÂðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜Š— Netan Yahoooo (@Metall0ver) August 10, 2019
This lady is great. Though I would not advocate her act but culturally this how we respond to our saviours and not necessarily only to the ones in uniform. She is so humble. This is what India in reality is.— Strangeman@fossil (@Strangemanfoss1) August 10, 2019
A financial assistance of Rs 10 crore has been announced by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SST) of Shirdi as a relief for people affected by floods in various parts of Maharashtra.
"The SST has decided to provide a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for the flood-affected people," SST chairperson Suresh Haware said on Saturday.