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New Delhi : Altogether 5,375 people were rescued and 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 and commitment in different districts of flood affected states viz. Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Total 173 flood rescue teams are deployed by Force across the country for rescue and 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 people. on August 8, 2019, incessant rainfall triggered a major landslide at Ipadi, Puttupala, Wayanad in Kerala, which trapped several people under the debris.

NDRF team immediately rushed there. However, heavy rains and debris on the way obstructed the movement of NDRF team. Despite all odds, NDRF team managed to reach there 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, on August 9, 2019. Thirteen NDRF teams are deployed in Kerala.

In Karnataka, 9 additional teams (5 from Kolkata & 4 from Ghaziabad) are in the State to expedite operations. Presently, 20 NDRF teams are engaged in rescue & relief work at Kodagu, Raichur, Belagavi, Bagalkot & Dharwad districts. on August 9, teams evacuated 374 persons at Belagavi and 12 at Dharwad . Till Now, NDRF has evacuated over 3,400 persons and 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. on August 9, NDRF rescued 2,750 persons and evacuated 883 persons at Sangli whereas 300 persons were rescued and 246 evacuated to safer locations at Kolhapur by NDRF teams. So far, NDRF has rescued 5,292 persons and also evacuated more than 18,000 persons and 40 livestock’s in Maharashtra. Besides, the team also retrieved 7 dead bodies. The operations are still on.

Five NDRF teams are deployed in Andhra Pradesh. NDRF team deployed at East Godavari commenced rescue operation and evacuated 36 people to safer places on August 9. Altogether 76 persons have been evacuated in Andhra Pradesh till now.

In Madhya Pradesh, 3 NDRF teams are deployed. On August 9, the NDRF  team evacuated 86 persons at Badwani. So far, 115 persons & 17 livestock have been evacuated by NDRF in Madhya Pradesh.

In Gujarat, NDRF team on August 9 evacuated 150 persons from flooded areas of Chota Udaipur, where a total of 4,245 persons and 57 livestock have been evacuated by NDRF. Eighteen NDRF 18 teams are deployed in Gujarat.

The NDRF Control Room in New Delhi is functioning round the clock and DG, NDRF, is personally monitoring the rescue & relief operations by NDRF and additional teams are on standby at various NDRF locations, according to a PIB release.


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