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Pune, June 5, 202: The district administration has trained 500 people from across 13 tehsils to assist the tehsil administration, police and the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) in disaster relief operations during the monsoon.
According to district administration officials, local groups, including trekker groups, may also assist with rescue operations.
Vithal Banote, head of the disaster management cell of the district administration, told the Times of India, “We have all the necessary equipment, including 17 boats, 90 life jackets, 50 reflector jackets for the rescuers, 28 searchlights for night operations, ten satellite phones and 39 ropes.” The district has declared 84 villages flood-prone and 23 landslide-prone this year.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has estimated that the average rainfall of the district will be 767 mm between June and September.
“However, last year, the district received 126% rainfall during the same period. A total of 13 people died in floods, tree and roof falling and electrocution in the district,” Banote added.
Safety kits have been issued to the trained personnel in flood and landslide-prone villages. The trained personnel would be the first ones to react. They would work in tandem with the tehsil administration and villagers. Tehsil disaster Cell would help when needed,” a senior official from the district office said.
Trekkers’ groups have been tasked to keep a watch. “Last year, we faced multiple issues with trekkers in Maval, Mulshi, Khed and Junnar tehsils. About 300 rescuers are prepared to respond to our emergency calls,” the official added.