The Union Home Ministry on Friday said 46 fully equipped rescue teams of the NDRF have been stationed in flood-prone areas in 14 states as proactive measures.
“The National Disaster Response Force teams, comprising 1,384 personnel, have been deployed in vulnerable areas in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal,” a home ministry spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the teams will assist state administrations in rescue and relief work, adding a 24X7 NDRF control room in the national capital is closely monitoring the situation and is in touch with other agencies for additional deployment.
“The NDRF had rescued 20 stranded people, including five pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district,” the spokesperson said.
The Brahmaputra river in Assam was in spate on Friday at Neamatighat in Jorhat district and at Tezpur in Sonitpur district, according to the ministry.
Brahmaputra’s tributary Jiabharali was flowing above the danger mark at North Trunk road in Sonitpur district.
The Mahananda river in Bihar was posing a threat at Jhawa in Katihar district and at Dhengraghat in Purnia district. While the Bagmati river was in spate at Benibad in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, the Kamalabalan river was flowing above the danger mark at Jhanjharpur in Madhubani district.
(With inputs from agencies)