Mumbai: The Deputy Inspector General said that a total of 26 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in relief and rescue operations in Mumbai and its coastal districts as the state has been receiving incessant rains, causing floods and landslides in many areas.
An additional eight teams will be airlifted from Kolkata in West Bengal and Vadodara in Gujarat for deployment in the affected areas of Maharashtra.
“At present, 26 teams including a reserve team of NDRF are deployed in Maharashtra and engaged in relief and rescue operations in the flooded areas. Eight more teams are also being airlifted,” Shaheedi told ANI.
The official said that four teams of NDRF are being sent from Kolkata and four from Vadodara. Shaheedi said additional teams of NDRF would reach Maharashtra within the next three hours.
At least 18 teams of NDRF were deployed in the flood-affected areas in Maharashtra till Friday afternoon to assist their allies involved in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Raigad, Sahara, Sangli, Sindhudurg, Nagar and Kolhapur in consultation with the state administration. To supplement the deployment, teams have also been put on high alert at NDRF Battalion, Pune, said the NDRF statement.
The NDRF statement further added, “Rescue and relief operations are still in progress.”
Heavy rains caused landslides in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, in which over 36 people lost their lives. According to the statement, a team of NDRF is carrying out rescue operations at the site and efforts are on to airlift an additional team from Kurla to Raigad to carry out the rescue operation as they could not land on Friday due to bad weather.
The NDRF is constantly tracking the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) weather forecast and the Central Water Commission’s (CWC) report and acting accordingly, the statement said.
(With ANI Inputs)