NEW DELHI — The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday intensified its relief and rescue operations in the rain and flood-battered eastern Indian city of Chennai and its adjoining areas as it added 20 more teams for the job and rescued over 10,000 people so far.
Director General of the force, O P Singh, will also travel to the state to review the operations and effectively monitor these activities.
Singh said that the response teams are expected to rescue and reach out to more number of people on Friday as the water has receded in some places and power has been restored.
“We have rescued more than 10,000 people till now. 20 more teams from various locations have been mobilized to Tamil Nadu and the total strength of the NDRF by Friday night would be 50. We expect to have better results today as things have improved and rains have stopped over the last night,” he said.
An official NDRF spokesperson said that by 1 p.m. Friday, the teams moved a total of 10,589 people to safer places.
“Out of the 20 fresh teams being sent in, five have already taken position in Tamil Nadu,” the spokesperson added.
The force already has 30 teams, with 40 personnel in each, working in the affected areas of the Tamil Nadu capital and adjoining Puducherry.
Currently, the unprecedented rains have killed 269 people even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on Thursday a Rs 1,000 crore package for the flood-hit state.
A meeting of the Crisis Management Group (CMG) was also held under the Chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to review the preparedness of the agencies along with officials of Ministries of Defence, Food, Railways, Agriculture, Health, Department of Telecommunications, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
The NDRF has also pressed 131 inflatable and other kinds of boats and numerous sets of buoys and life jackets with the rescue and relief teams.
“The teams also distributed 1,400 food packets and 2,300 water packets in the areas of Manali, Kuttapuram and Global health city,” the spokesperson added. PNA/PTI