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