In view of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of heavy rainfall in many districts of Gujarat, seven teams of NDRF was deployed in seven districts of the state.
According to them from July 5, some parts of the country may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. The teams are facing the dual challenge of monsoon and Covid 19 and fully prepared to deal with any situation.
Total 7 teams are deployed keeping in view of IMD prediction in South Gujarat and Saurashtra region with one in Kutch and one team conducting operations in Rajkot. The teams are deployed in flood affected districts at Navsari, Surat, Valsad, Rajkot, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Kutch.
This time NDRF planned a special strategy keeping in view of safety for both rescuers and effected people based on Dual disaster, Monsoon and Covid 19 Pandemic. NDRF carrying sufficient PPE and sanitization materials and a composition of paramedic staff.
As per details, each team consists of 45 rescue members who are trained to deal with flood related disasters. As their team will have the dual challenge of dealing with the flood as well as the corona virus infection, they are carrying the essential equipments to avoid this infection such as face-masks, hand gloves sanitizers, PPE kits and others. Additional teams are also put on standby in other NDRF battalions and will be called as per requirement.
NDRF teams consisting of doctors, paramedics, deep dive boats, lifebuoys, life jackets are there to deal with any emergency situation in the districts. The teams are equipped with Communication equipment like Quick deployable antenna (QDA), HF / VHF scuba set and latest sets, satellite phone and cutting equipment.
These latest communication devices can also work in the failure of common communication networks in the affected area. Teams are also taking PPE for precautions against COVID-19.