Maharashtra cyclone: 10 NDRF teams deployed along with double disaster strategy

ST Staff
Monday, 1 June 2020

Maharashtra, at present, is undergoing challenges of coronavirus pandemic, being the worst-affected State. The situation of the cyclone has just added to the troubles.

In the view of developing Cyclone Situation in the Arabian Sea that has been witnessed, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed its nine teams in Maharashtra as well as check the ground realities to act on emergency crises.

Maharashtra, at present, is undergoing challenges of coronavirus pandemic, being the worst-affected State. The situation of the cyclone has just added to the troubles.

On the backdrop of last year’s critical flood situation, in August and September that had taken place in the few parts of Maharashtra’s district. The NDRF had been a great source of help in those floods and had handled well along with the defence forces.

This time the NDRF team has geared up much in advance as well as staff is already being deployed. The NDRF at present has deployed ten teams in various parts of Maharashtra like in Mumbai three teams are deployed, two teams in Palghar, one in Thane, one in Raigad, one in Ratnagiri and one team in Sindhudurg area.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Sachidanand Gawade, second-in-command 5 BN, NDRF Pune, said, “NDRF is in close contact with the concerned department of Maharashtra government as well with the help of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) authorities and District administration the current updates and information is shared on immediate basis. 

Our team has already carried out surveys in coastal areas of various districts along with the local authorities so that they can understand the ground realities as well as for better coordination with them. This has helped us to bridge healthy communication, bonding of better understanding, and we can work together for betterment.”

He added, “This Cyclone comes with a unique challenge, wherein it is happening during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In view of this NDRF teams are briefed, trained and equipped to deal with the double disaster. We have also upgraded our Standard Operating Procedures to respond to the emerging situation. NDRF is ready to work alongside the local authorities to face any challenges.”

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