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.
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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.
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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.