NDRF rescues 200 residents stranded in boats since Monday

The NDRF team on evacuation duty at the DNA IRIS apartment in Whitefield on Tuesday.

The NDRF team on evacuation duty at the DNA IRIS apartment in Whitefield on Tuesday. | Photo credit: special arrangement

People move on tractors in Yemalur, behind HAL airport, due to congestion in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

People move on tractors in Yemalur, behind HAL airport, due to congestion in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

People move on tractors in Yemalur, behind HAL airport, due to congestion in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

People move on tractors in Yemalur, behind HAL airport, due to congestion in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

A hotel on Outer Ring Road (ORR) was flooded on Tuesday due to a rupture in Lake Halanayakanahalli, Bengaluru.

A hotel on Outer Ring Road (ORR) was flooded on Tuesday due to a rupture in Lake Halanayakanahalli, Bengaluru. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Greenwood Regency Apartment on Sarjapur Road on Tuesday.

Greenwood Regency Apartment on Sarjapur Road on Tuesday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been at the forefront of action since Monday in flooded areas of Bengaluru and have rescued over 200 people. They work with the assistance of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the fire and emergency services.

“We have two teams of 60 NDRF personnel which we then split into two and conducted operations in four locations over the past two days,” said J. Senthil Kumar, deputy commander and operations manager of the NDRF in Bengaluru, which was busy near Rainbow Drive Layout. Staff began operations in the city in the early hours of Monday.

They first responded to a distress call from Chaithanya Greenford flats in Seegehalli where 71 residents were evacuated. At around 8:45 a.m. a team reached the Cuemath center near Panathur from where they evacuated four men, two women and two children. Although the municipal authorities tried to continue the evacuation with JCB, when that did not work, they asked the NDRF to evacuate people by boat.

Later, from DNA Iris Apartment in Whitefield, they rescued 84 stranded residents, including 31 men, 29 women and 24 children. At the TZed houses in Varthur Road, NDRF rescued 12 elderly people, some of whom were in wheelchairs. The team also continued to evacuate residents from Rainbow Drive Layout and in the afternoon all residents were moved to safe locations.

Commenting on the unprecedented rains, Mr Kumar said: “The lakes are full to the brim and overflowing. The IMD has also issued a yellow alert in some places in Karnataka. We are asking people to seek refuge with friends and relatives on high ground until the situation improves.

The army also deployed

Madras Sappers, an Indian Army regiment based in the city, were also deployed on Tuesday to rescue more than 30 people using boats from a flooded residential settlement in Yamalur. The team was deployed at short notice due to rising waters and after access to the locality was cut off.

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