Afghan troops rescue villagers from flash flood
July 29, 2010
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Army News Service, July 29, 2010) -- Afghan National Army Soldiers rescued more than 200 people from flash flooding July 28 in east-central Afghanistan, near Jalalabad and the Pakistani border.
International Security Assistance Forces drove through several inches of water on the flooded streets to provide assessments for the ANA and help them provide aid to the area after more than six inches of rain fell.
The Nangarhar Operational Coordination Center (Provincial) received reports that torrential rains had caused flash flooding in several villages, stranding hundreds of people. The ANA sprang into action, coordinating and executing the rescue of the stranded Afghans.
Initial reports indicate that all were safely evacuated.
Coalition forces monitored the situation and stood ready to provide assistance if requested. Coalition vehicles plowed through water to assess the situation outside Forward Operating Base Fenty.
"The Afghan National Army responded swiftly, demonstrating yet again their ability to provide for the safety and security of their citizens," said Maj. Mary Constantino, Task Force Bastogne spokesperson.