Disaster response teams deployed in flood-hit Assam

July 17th, 2011 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) With the water having touched the danger level in the Brahmaputra in some areas of Assam, the central government has deployed teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the affected areas for rescue and relief operations.

The central government is monitoring the situation in close coordination with the state government, an official release said here Sunday.

The home ministry release said the affected areas include Dhemaji (46 villages), Jorhat (25 villages), Lakhimpur (65 villages) and Sonitpur (three revenue circles) apart from Dhubri.

The release said that the central government has taken necessary precautionary measures by deploying teams of NDRF located at Guwahati in the affected districts.

“These teams are carrying specialized equipment to respond in any eventuality emanating from flood emergencies,” the spokesperson said, adding that the teams are equipped with deep diving equipment, inflatable boats, lifebuoys and life jackets.

The release said the home ministry is constantly monitoring the situation in close coordination with the Assam government.

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