GUWAHATI, July 23 - The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 16 search and rescue teams with eight inflatable rescue boats, five deep divers and other life saving equipment in the flood-affected areas of Assam including Jorhat, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural, Dhubri, Barpeta, Cachar, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Dhemaji and Tinsukia.
On Wednesday, one search and rescue team of NDRF was deployed in Kokrajhar for flood rescue operations as the situation worsened in the district due to rising water level of the River Saralbhanga.
The NDRF rescue teams carried out operations in a number of flood-affected areas in eight districts of Assam over the past one week and evacuated more than 2,500 marooned villagers and transported them to safer places. Besides, teams are also assisting district administrations in distribution of relief material and in distribution of masks in view of the COVID-19 situation.
NDRF teams are also helping the civil administration in carrying out thermal screening and maintaining proper social distancing amid the pandemic situation.