Navy, Army step up rescue in flood-hit areas of Maharashtra

first_imgIntensifying relief operations in the flood-hit parts of Maharashtra, the Navy on Saturday airlifted 15 teams from Visakhapatnam deploying them in the severely-affected areas of Shirol in Kolhapur and Sangli, while the Army is operating nine relief and 12 engineer teams.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said a team of 100 doctors had been despatched to the region even as thousands of stranded people were rescued from the submerged areas, including 1,016 persons from the Maharashtra-Karnataka border. Rescue work by the Goa Naval Area is under way in Kolhapur and Uttar Kannada (Karnataka) district and so far 602 women and 193 children had been rescued. In another operation by the special teams of the Bombay Sappers of the Army, 4,800 persons were evacuated from Kolhapur and Sangli. “We have asked for more rescue teams from Punjab, Odisha, Gujarat and Goa. Another 15 teams of the Navy are reaching today. As many as 95 boats have been deployed for rescue operations,” Mr. Fadnavis said after a tour of the regions. The toll from across the State this week stood at 30, officials said.Several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams carried out a rescue mission in Hasur and Nrusinhwadi, in Kolhapur district to evacuate four pregnant women, who were later sent to the hospital.Mr. Fadnavis said the rainfall this season had been unprecedented resulting in the breaching of several dams and reservoirs. In 2005, Sangli received 217% rainfall in 31 days but this year it had already crossed 758% in just nine days. Similarly, Kolhapur received 159% rainfall in 31 days in 2005, but this year it was 480% in nine days. The Koyna dam has capacity of 100 TMC but 50 TMC got filled in just nine days, Mr. Fadnavis said. “My appeal to all political parties is to not politicise the situation. We are ready to hear and act on your suggestions. It is time to stand united to provide help and support to flood affected people,” he said at Sangli.The government said the toll since July 1 stood at 144. In all, 3,78,000 people had been rescued so far from Kolhapur and Sangli and were in 306 relief camps. In Sangli. 28,537 families had been affected from 101 villages and 35,000 livestock shifted in various shelters. “Earlier the next of kin of the deceased received ₹1.5 lakh which has been increased to ₹5 lakh. Our government has also increased compensation for divyang to ₹2 lakh instead of ₹43,000, and for house damage assistance from ₹60,000 to ₹1 lakh,” said Mr. Fadnavis.last_img