The Indian Navy's Western Command has risen to the state's aid by rescuing people stuck in flooded areas of Raigad and Ratnagiri. As per defence officials, 7 rescue teams have been mobilised from the naval base in Mumbai to the flood-struck regions of Maharashtra, after a request was created for the same.
Self-sustained & well-equipped rescue teams on duty in Maharashtra
The Indian Navy Flood Rescue Teams encountered adverse weather conditions and inundation on their way to the flood epicenters. As such, assistance is still being deployed as per directions by the civic administration, read reports. Each of these 7 units is fully self-sustained and equipped with Gemini rubber boats, loud hailers, first aid kits, life jackets, and lifebuoys, manned by specialist Naval Divers and diving equipment.
Meanwhile, standby Flood Rescue Teams are being maintained on a high degree of readiness in Mumbai. These can be initiated for immediate deployment, in case of need, a Navy spokesperson informed.
A vicious spell of heavy rains in Maharashtra has washed several towns and villages in Raigad and Ratnagiri, marooning thousands of people. The monsoon cast has also completely cut off over two dozen villages from the rest of the state.
Officials have assured that the situation in Maharashtra is being monitored closely for proper and timely assistance. As per reports, 2 teams of NDRF have also been engaged at Ratnagiri's Khed and Chiplun areas to resolve the critical monsoon situation here.