DG, NDRF on Res­cue and Re­lief Op­er­a­tions in Flood Af­fected Ar­eas

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NEW DELHI. DG, Na­tional Disas­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) Mr San­jay Ku­mar briefed the me­dia on the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by the NDRF in the floods af­fected ar­eas of the coun­try Au­gust 4. Dur­ing the brief­ing, San­jay Ku­mar said that this year NDRF has res­cued 1,837 peo­ple and evac­u­ated 9,684 peo­ple in the flood-af­fected ar­eas of As­sam, WB, Gu­jarat and Ra­jasthan. He said that NDRF teams are re­lent­lessly con­tin­u­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions in the af­fected ar­eas. De­pend­ing on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the ar­eas, weather fore­cast and past in­ci­dents, he said that NDRF per­son­nel are de­ployed be­fore hand in con­sul­ta­tion with state Gov­ern­ments, to re­duce the re­sponse time dur­ing the dis­as­ters. In the mean­time, IAF is con­tin­u­ing to con­duct non-stop air­lift and res­cue op­er­a­tions in the flood af­fected ar­eas. For ex­am­ple, on Au­gust 14, in re­sponse to as­sis­tance re­quested by Civil ad­min­is­tra­tion for flood re­lief op­er­a­tions in Bi­har, C-17 air­craft of the IAF air­lifted a to­tal of 324 NDRF per­son­nel and over 42 tonnes of load from Bhubaneswar and Ranchi to ma­jor re­lief cen­tres at Purnea and Patna. In ad­di­tion, 372 Army per­son­nel and 25.5 tonnes of load has also been air­lifted from Ranchi to Purnea and Patna to as­sist in flood re­lief op­er­a­tions. A to­tal of 4 sor­ties of C-17 and one sor­tie of An-32 air­craft have been flown to­wards this task. In ad­di­tion, a Mi-17 he­li­copter from Go­rakh­pur evac­u­ated 45 ma­rooned peo­ple from Ma­hara­j­ganj on the morn­ing of Au­gust 14. In ad­di­tion, 90 Army per­son­nel along with boats and res­cue equip­ment have also been trans­ferred from Al­la­habad to Darb­hanga.

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