New Delhi: At least 17 flood rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service at various rain-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana including parts of Hyderabad city, an official statement said on Sunday.
"Continuous heavy rains lashed several districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telengana where normal life has been thrown out of gear due to flood-like situation. Heavy downpour wreaked havoc in the low lying parts and stranded several people," a statement said.
A team of 309 rescuers, equipped with 32 Inflatable Rubber Boats (IRBs) and latest communication equipment, have been "pre-positioned" at various rain-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh.
Three teams are pre-positioned at Peduguralu, Narsarapet and Amravati areas of district Guntur. One team each is pre-positioned at Hyderabad and Vizag while two teams each are pre-positioned at Srikakulam and Nellore districts.
The official statement said five flood rescue teams of NDRF comprising of 158 rescuers, equipped with 16 IRBs and communication equipment are pre-positioned at various flood prone areas of Telengana.
One team each is pre-positioned at Medak and Nizamabad and three teams separately are pre-positioned at Hyderabad.
Three flood rescue teams of NDRF comprising of 84 rescuers, equipped with 10 boats and communication equipment, are deployed at various flood prone areas of Karnataka.
One team each is pre-positioned at Bidar, Kalaburagi and Bengaluru districts, the statement said.
The NDRF team deployed at Kalaburagi, Karnataka carried out flood rescue operations and evacuated 21 marooned persons to safer places.
In addition to above, 17 flood rescue teams of NDRF are also prepositioned across other states for quick response to flood-like situations.
The teams are in touch with the local administration and monitoring the situation round the clock, the release added.