CYCLONE FANI : NDRF PRE-POSITIONED 54 FLOOD RESCUE & RELIEF TEAMS IN VULNERABLE LOCATIONS
Dated 02/05/2019 Time: - 1600 Hrs.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned its 54 rescue & relief teams along the seacoast and in flood prone areas of Andhra Pradesh (12 teams), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (02 teams), Jharkhand (02 teams), Kerala (02 teams), Odisha (28 teams), Tamil Nadu (02 teams) & West Bengal (06 teams), in the wake of looming severe cyclone “FANI” for rescue & relief operations. In addition, 31 teams are on alerts mode at NDRF bases viz. Andhra Pradesh (06 teams), Jharkhand (01 team), Tamil Nadu (12 teams) & West Bengal (12 teams) to supplement the response, if needed. Additional teams are also kept on standby in other NDRF battalions and shall be mobilized as per requirement.
NDRF teams comprising of doctors, paramedics, engineers, deep divers are equipped with boats, lifebuoy, life jacket, scuba sets & latest communication equipment viz. Quick Deployable Antenna (QDA), HF/VHF Sets, Satellite Phone are on alert standby in the coastal parts of the vulnerable States. These latest communication equipment can work even in the failure of normal communication network.
All teams are keeping close vizil over the development of cyclonic storm with the local administration. Essential equipment and tools are kept on ready in vulnerable locations.
The cyclonic storm “FANI” is expected to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri on May 3rd. NDRF teams are generating awareness among the locals in vulnerable areas about the measures to be taken to deal with cyclonic storm and other eventualities which may arise due to cyclone. The State administration has set up a number of relief camps & NDRF teams are also generating awareness among the people in these relief camps.
Director General, NDRF is closely monitoring the situation round the clock and is in close touch with other agencies and stakeholders.
Issued By :- PR Cell, NDRF HQ, New Delhi