NDRF evacuated 42,000 persons, rescued 5375 from flood affected regions

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New Delhi, August 9, 2019 : 5375 people rescued & more than 42,000 stranded persons & 268 livestock have been evacuated and taken to safer locations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) across the country since operation commenced. The NDRF is engaged in rescue & evacuation work with full zeal & commitment at various districts of flood affected states viz. Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Total 173flood rescue teams are deployed by Force across the country for rescue & relief work during the recent monsoon season.

In Kerala the incessant rainfall across the region has affected most of the districts of the state viz. Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur. Bridges, roads are vulnerable to flood which has affected the normal life of the populace. Yesterday, incessant rainfall triggered a major landslide at Ipadi, Puttupala, Wayanad in Kerala, which trapped several people under the debris. NDRF team immediately rushed to the incident site. However, heavy rains and debris on the way obstructed the movement of NDRF team. Despite all odds, NDRF team managed to reach incident site and immediately started the operation with other agencies. In a joint operation, rescue agencies evacuated 194 persons. In addition, NDRF team operational at Mallapuram evacuated 27 person from flood affected areas, today. 13NDRF teams are deployed in Kerala.

In Karnataka, 09 additional teams (05 from Kolkata & 04 from Ghaziabad) are in the State to expedite operations. Presently, 20 NDRF teams are engaged in rescue & relief work with full zeal & commitment at Kodagu, Raichur, Belagavi, Bagalkot & Dharwad districts. Today, teams evacuated 374 persons at Belagavi and 12 at Dharwad . Till Now, NDRF has evacuated over 3400 persons & 24 live Stocks to safer places in Karnataka.

In Maharashtra, 32 NDRF teams are present in the flood affected areas of the State for quick response. Today, NDRF has rescued 2750 persons & evacuated 883 persons at Sangli whereas 300 persons rescued and 246evacuated to safer locations at Kolhapur by NDRF teams. So far, NDRF has rescued 5292 persons and also evacuated more than 18,000 persons & 40 livestock’s in Maharashtra. Besides, team also retrieved 07 dead bodies. The operations are still on.

In Andhra Pradesh, 05 NDRF teams are deployed in Andhra Pradesh. NDRF team deployed at East Godavari commenced rescue operation and evacuated36 people to safer places, today. Total 76 persons evacuated in Andhra Pradesh, till now.

In Madhya Pradesh, 03 NDRF teams are deployed in the State. Today, team evacuated 86 persons at Badwani. So far, 115 persons & 17 livestock have been evacuated by NDRF in Madhya Pradesh.

And In Gujarat today, NDRF team evacuated 150 persons from flooded areas of Chota Udaipur where a total of 4245 persons and 57 livestock have been evacuated by NDRF. 18 teams are deployed in Gujarat.

A 24×7, NDRF Control Room in New Delhi is functioning round the clock to keep the close vizil over the development of situation and is in touch with other agencies & stakeholder. DG, NDRF is personally monitoring the rescue & relief operations by NDRF and additional teams are on standby at various NDRF locations.