Pune district, in general, and Pune city, in particular, are among the areas prone to floods and landslides due to presence of several rivers, and the never-ending human activities leading to local geographical changes.
NDRF officials said that such exercises will also be conducted in future at Mumbai airport and at Pune International Airport after threat assessment.
The NRSC has also agreed to impart training to NDRF personnel in remote sensing applications and utilisation of geo-spatial tools for disaster management.
The operation appeared to have reached its final phase on Saturday, with the district administration saying the drilling was complete, and the “countdown” to reaching the workers had begun.
Meanwhile, a site has also been identified to establish a permanent base for the NDRF in Mumbai.
Seven pilgrims, all from Rogla village in Punjab’s Sangrur district, died while 11 are injured.
The NDRF teams, with 57 rubber boats, have been deployed at various flood-affected parts of the state.
NDRF, BSF and SRP teams deployed for rescue operations.
It was NDRF personnel who had taken out bodies buried under debris.
Up to 83 personnel of the NDRF took part in rescue efforts at the site where a five-storey building caved in, killing five persons. Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, Commandant, NDRF, spoke to The Indian Express.
“We must not forget that survival and living standard of human beings is directly related to animals,” said Rijiju.
The move bears significance as Nepal had abruptly asked all foreign rescue teams, including India’s NDRF, to return home 10 days after the April 25 earthquake.
NDRF chief, who led India’s rescue team, recalls challenge.
From PM Sushil Koirala to the family of Sunita Sitoula who was plucked alive two days after she was buried in debris, all are applauding the stellar work of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
As NDRF personnel drill through the debris to locate survivors and bodies, Tanu and Golu enter the crevices the moment their handlers give the orders.