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Flood rescue operation: NDRF deploys over 90 teams across India

On Saturday, over 90 teams have been set up by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for flood rescue operations across the country..

New Delhi: On Saturday, over 90 teams have been set up by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for flood rescue operations across the country with a “strong focus” on sanitization of men and material amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said.

“We have earmarked over 90 teams across the country for flood rescue related works,” NDRF Director General (DG) S N Pradhan told PTI.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Friday, had inspected the preparations for monsoon rains and floods in the country and directed officials to develop a well planned scheme to reduce damages and casualties.

For the flood rescue operation, NDRF has about 45 personnel and it is well equipped with gadgets and inflatable boats.

Some new strategies have been adopted for rescue drills and rescuers amid the COVID – 19 pandemic, DG said.

The NDRF teams will be set up with full preventive and protective precautions with a strong focus on sanitization and hygiene of men and material, Pradhan said.

The states where NDRF teams are set up for flood rescue works will also carry their own temperature check gadgets, masks, sanitizers and basic medicine kit, another official said.

“A unified disaster control room will be run by us and round-the-clock monitoring of all teams and their work will be done as usual from the NDRF headquarters in Delhi,” the DG said.