JAMUGURIHAT, July 14 � The personnel of the No. 1 Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed at Guwahati have rendered exemplary and selfless service during the unprecedented devastating floods which engulfed the entire southern part of Naduar revenue circle from Kawaimari Sootea to Lalitapur, Jamugurihat.
In the devastating floods, 1,02,82 bighas of land had been inundated and 1,12,872 people of 58 revenue villages have been rendered homeless. The NDRF, which was pressed into service, consisting of 16 teams with four rubber boats each on the midnight of June 27 and acting with courage, swiftness and sincerity, they rescued more than 9,000 marooned people who were struggling for their lives along with valuables and livestock.
Even after the floods receded, they are still engaged in rehabilitation work. They are distributing free medicines in the area and on July 6 organised a free medical check up and treatment camp in the relief camp at Sootea Normal School. A senior doctor of the force, Dr (Col) Shantosh Kumar Misra checked the patients and prescribed medicines with the help of other members. A total of 678 inmates of the camp were checked for their ailments such as gastoenterities, respiratory infection, intestinal and waterborne diseases. They were given free medicines.
Mukul Kumar Goel, Inspector General and the officiating Director General of the force, visited the flood-hit areas on July 6, took stock of the situation, interacted with local civil and police officials and his men, visited relief camps and the worst-hit area like Karayani Aamlakhiaati and others. He also addressed media persons at Sootea and Jamuguri in a meet held at Sootea IB in the presence of Sonitpur DC Tapan Sharma, Sonitpur SP Anand Prakash Tiwari, Alok Kumar Singh, Commandant of the 1st Battalion of NDRF.
He said that the NDRF was raised in 2006 taking experts from all paramilitary forces with 10 battalions under the PMO to combat both natural and man-made disasters. He said that the NDRF is taking the initiative to train the State NDRF and organise awareness camps among people. In the press meet, DC Tapan Sharma spoke on relief and rehabilitation measures. SP AP Tiwari spoke of the measures taken for hygiene, sanitation, pure drinking water supply with the information that Rs 10,000 has been given to all gaon panchayats of the affected areas for such work. The dedicated and sincere service rendered by the NDRF has been hailed by all.