Guwahati, Oct. 15: Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel from its Guwahati-based first battalion were carrying out search and rescue of marooned people in the cyclone-hit areas of West Bengal.
The search and rescue teams of NDRF’s first battalion have been deployed at Dantan, Nayagram (Jhargram) and Sankrail in West Midnapore in Bengal yesterday, a statement issued by NDRF here today said.
“Yesterday a team of NDRF conducted an intensive search and rescue operation in Jhargram and rescued 20 villagers from Mallamgram village,” it said.
The West and East Midnapore districts are flooded because of release of water from Goludi and Chandil barrage in Jharkhand.
“Our teams are conducting intensive rescue and relief operations in West Midnapore district. Our personnel are assisting the district administration in evacuation of patients by boat from areas where road communication have been cut off,” a source at the headquarters of NDRF’s first battalion said.
“One of our teams deployed in Dantan transported a woman, Savanti Purai and her newborn to hospital by boat today,” he said.
“Our team deployed at Contai in East Midnapore is assisting the local administration in chalking out strategies to evacuate people from the disaster-affected areas in case the flood situation worsens,” the source said.
“Two more teams of NDRF have been mobilised for rescue operations in Bihar after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall. Some rescue teams have also been kept on standby so that if required, they can be deployed at a short notice,” he added.
Each NDRF team comprises 40 personnel, including two officers and has state-of-the-art equipment like engine-fitted rubberised boats, tower lights, flood rescue equipment such as jackets and life buoys, medical first responder equipment, heavy-duty cutting equipment and tools and communication devices. There are also deep divers in these teams.