New Delhi: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is a specialized force constituted “for the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster” under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The Chairman of the NDMA is the Prime Minister.
NDRF has sensitised/trained over one lakh country men in a single month of June 2016 through extensive CAP and School Safety Programme in 22 States and UTs. It is first of its kind programme in which 65,634 boys & girls, 38,400 men & women and 3078 elderly people have been trained.
Four teams of NDRF, one each at Dehradun, Gaucher, Almora & Uttarkashi were prepositioned in the state of Uttrakhand before onset of monsoon season this year.
At present, NDRF team deployed at Chamoli, Uttarakhand has rescued 45 stranded persons. Simultaneously NDRF team deployed at Almora rushed to village Okhla, Pithoragarh for relief measure and retrieved 2 dead bodies at village Nolada and is presently assisting the civil authorities in rescue operations. The team deployed at Uttrakashi (UKD) rescued 1 person trapped in mid-stream of river Bhagirathi safely by ropeat village Dunda. In addition to above two additional teams of 8thBn NDRF are enroute to Pithoragarh via Almora.
At the time of 2013 Uttarakhand floods, NDRF had evacuated around 100,000 people during mammoth search and rescue operations.