Rescue operations to evacuate people from rain-hit areas in Jalore and other parts of south Rajasthan have taken a headstart.
People stranded in other rain-hit areas like Pali, Sirohi have also received immediate help from Army and other rescuing agencies deployed by the CM Raje. A group of seven people who were clinging onto the branch of a tree have been airlifted and rescued. Over 19 people have been rescued from the inundated areas.
“Rescue operations resumed today in Jalore where columns of the Army and NDRF teams have been deployed. One NDRF team is in Pali and two NDRF and one SDRF team is in Sirohi. Food packets and water bottles are being dispatched for villages which are surrounded by water,” Hemant Gera, Secretary-Disaster Management and Relief Department.
Not only airlifting, NDRF has also dispatched boats to ensure that all affected persons are rescued effectively, Jalore Collector Laxminarayan Soni said.
Soni also informed that “Besides, packets of food and water bottles are being distributed in localities and villages which are inundated and efforts to rescue people from such locations is also underway,” he added.
Arrangements for the stranded people
He also informed that food arrangements and drinking water are being made for the people in affected areas. “No rescue operation was carried out today. People are being shifted to safer locations and arrangement of food and drinking water is being made, Kumar added.
Five helicopters have been deployed at the affected areas The IAF has deployed five helicopters for rescue and relief works in rains-hit areas of the state, Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.
CM Raje takes full charge
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has personally taken up the charge of providing relief to rain-stricken areas. She also instructed the ministers to review the rescue and relief arrangements.
Not only this, relief camps will be organised in Jodhpur, followed by directions by CM Raje.
Nearly 150 people were rescued from the Pali District on Monday,” Collector Sudhir Kumar said.