New Delhi: On receipt of written request from Principal Secretary Disaster Management and Civil Defence, Government of West Bengal for deployment of additional teams, ten additional National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been mobilized and are being rushed at the earliest from NDRF locations outside West Bengal. Teams are likely to reach Kolkata by late night today, Union Home Ministry stated on Saturday.
Presently 26 NDRF teams are deployed in cyclone affected areas of West Bengal for restoration work. The additional deployment of 10 teams will bring the total deployment to 36 teams of NDRF across the 6 districts of West Bengal affected by Cyclone Amphan.
In the meantime, in the wake of cyclone Amphan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) continues to be on a high state of preparedness for undertaking relief operations in the eastern parts of the country as part of its quick response towards Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR).
A total of 56 Heavy and Medium Lift assets comprising of 25 fixed-wing aircraft and 31 helicopters have been earmarked by the IAF. The aircraft / helicopters were modified with required equipment for undertaking relief operations and are on standby with crew for a quick deployment at various IAF bases. The Crisis Management Cell has been activated at Air HQ is actively coordinating with the Civil Administration and the NDRF teams.
Two C-130 aircraft had airlifted four NDRF teams, two each from Pune and Arakkonam for Kolkata on Thursday. Along with these teams, 8.6 tonnes of heavy equipment / machinery required to undertake relief operations by NDRF was also airlifted.