New Delhi: Ten teams of National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF) comprising 307 personnel and 59 boats
have been deployed in six flood-affected districts of Orissa.
The teams are carrying out rescue and relief operations
in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Baleswar, Mayurbhanj and
Keonjhar districts which have been hit due to floods in the
rivers Boodabalang, Suwarnrekha, Brahmani and Batrani.
"The Central government is closely monitoring the
situation and is in constant touch with Orissa government for
extending the required support and assistance," a Home
Ministry official said.
A total of four helicopters were deployed for
air-dropping of the food packets and rescue operations. Today,
another two MI-17 helicopters have been deployed and two more
helicopters are under deployment by the Indian Air Force.
Out of the 10 teams, six teams with 35 boats were
deployed at Jajpur, three with 18 boats at Kendrapara and one
team with six boats at Bhadrak.
In Uttar Pradesh, the state government has deployed two
teams of Provincial Armed Constabulary in Varanasi, Jaunpur,
Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli where due to a cyclonic
depression, heavy rainfall has caused flooding.
The Uttar Pradesh government has requested that NDRF be
kept on standby.
"The situation has considerably improved and the water
level is receding," the official said.
So far, 12 people have lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh
due to floods.