IAF , Navy called to assist NDRF in Gujarat rescue operations
15th Sep, 2021
The Indian Air Force (IAF), the Navy and the Coast Guard have been summoned to help in the rescue operations as parts of Gujarat have been striker by extremely heavy rains since Monday. They will be accompanying teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
More than 7500 people have been moved from low lying areas to safer locations, while over 200 stranded people have been rescued as constant rains led to floods in Saurashtra region that had remained dry till the first week of September.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited Jamnagar district to take stock of the condition. IAF helicopters rescued 22 people trapped at some locations in Jamnagar, where 150 people were rescued across the district.
In Rajkot, IAF teams saved seven villagers while 56 people were rescued all over the district. Six people have died so far in rain related instances.
Indian Navy said in a statement that based on a request for support from the civil administration, a naval humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) team, consisting of naval divers with support gear, was consigned at short notice from INS Sardar Patel to Rajkot on the evening on 13 Sep 21. The team will report to District Authorities at Rajkot and join rescue operations as needed.
In addition to this , six more have been kept ready to facilitate the ongoing civil rescue efforts in affected areas.
Similarly, several rescue teams have been deployed from INS Valsura in Jamnagar to helped stranded people in various parts of rain affected and inundated areas of the city. Equipped with Gemini boats, life vests, first aid kits and other requisite gears, the teams rescued a large number of people and shifted them to safety. Naval teams also supplied food packets to stranded citizens, the statement said.
Gujarat has received 69 % of the average rainfall so far this monsoon season, and the downpour this month has helped the State reduce its rain insuficiency. It had largely remained parch in the month of August.