Shimla: The Indian Army on Tuesday continued to conduct a rescue and relief exercise at Shimla's Annandale ground.
The exercise, which began yesterday, is named "Mountain Rescue" and is aimed at preparing civil authorities in case of natural disaster.
The aim of the exercise was to practise evacuation of civilian population from disaster-affected areas in the remote mountains of Himachal Pradesh, an official statement said.
Army Aviation Corps helicopters practised casualty evacuation drills along with the Army Special Forces and regular troops of the Jutogh Battalion, it said yesterday.
Civil administration, fire service department and National Disaster Management Authority personnel also participated.
The recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir have amplified the magnitude of such crises.
The Annandale ground has been in the Army's possession since 1941, when World War II was raging.
(With IANS inputs)