On Tuesday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescued six pregnant women stranded in flood-hit areas of Bihar and took them to the nearest hospitals for delivery.
The women belonged to the now inundated districts in Bihar – Muzaffarpur, Purnea and Katihar. The flood relief and rescue operations in the state last year saw NDRF personnel help four women deliver babies on the rescue boat itself.
Based in Bihta in Patna district, the commandant of 9th NDRF Battalion who undertook the operation said that the workforce boats are equipped with a nursing staff as well as a Medical First Respondent. Hence, they can provide immediate medical attention to pregnant women and others in need.
More than 23 NDRF teams have been dedicatedly serving and rescuing flood-hit victims in different parts of Bihar. A statement issued by the NDRF mentioned that three teams each have been positioned in Motihari, Bettiah, Purnea and Sitamarhi; two teams have been deployed in Kisanganj and Katihar; and one team each is engaged in operations in Supaul, Gopalganj, Darbhanga, Araria, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and Patna districts.
The NDRF personnel evacuated over 4,580 people and moved them to safer locations on Tuesday. They also saved three lives from drowning in the floodwaters – two from Bettiah and one in Purnea.
The total strength of people rescued by the NDRF in flood relief operations around the country come up to a staggering 28,000 people. Over 7,296 people in Bihar, 5,184 in Assam, 2,510 in Uttar Pradesh and 2,484 in West Bengal have been rescued and moved to safer places.