Saturday, 5 October 2013

Seven days, eight disasters, 69 dead, 33 rescued: Indian National disaster response force

In the past one week, eight states have seen disasters ranging from floods to building collapses where personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have rescued 33 people and recovered 69 dead bodies.

During the period from September 28 to October 4, NDRF deployed 38 teams at various locations in the country viz Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharastra, Uttarakhand, Punjab and West Bengal for rescue and relief operations. The nature of disasters included floods, drowning cases and building collapse, said NDRF sources.

On September 27, when a five-storey building collapsed at Brahmadev Ghoth Marg, opposite Dockyard road in South Mumbai trapping scores of people, it was an NDRF team, in the city for Monsoon rescue operations, that came to the aide of victims.

According to NDRF, the incident took place at 6 am when most of the residents inside the building were asleep. State administration immediately flashed information to all rescue agencies including NDRF. Two teams of 5 battalion NDRF already deployed in the city for Monsoon rescue rushed to the spot with their equipment. NDRF with State Fire service conducted search and rescue operation for more than 48 hours and seeing the gravity of disaster pressed two more teams from Pune into service. NDRF along with other agencies manage to save 33 lives and also retrieved 60 dead bodies from the derbies of the collapsed building.

On October 1, a boat capsize incident took place in Bhojpur district of Bihar. In this incident 10 persons fell into river Ganga near Barahra, Bhojpur. District Administration called NDRF for help which rushed a team of personnel from Bihta, Patna. The force carried out operation for more than 40 hours and retrieve nine dead bodies.

Similarly on October 3, nine persons were feared drowned as a boat carrying 17 persons capsized in Beas river in Kapurthala district, Punjab. An NDRF rescue team comprising of 20 rescuers rushed to the spot from 7th bn NDRF Bhatinda (Punjab) and started rescue operation. The rescue operation is still going on, said NDRF officers.

Saturday 5 October 2013


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