Many parts of India have come under flood situation due to incessant rains. Especially, situation in parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka is very grave now.
Natural calamities of any kind are often beyond control but what matters is how the administration acts in dealing with such situations. When tragedy struck people, it is natural that anger and anxiety takes precedence and barrage of opinions sometimes explode against the administration arguing that enough is not done to help the aggrieved sections.
At present, what we see is that both the governments at the State and Centre have swung into action.
- Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy has mobilised considerable resources to provide assistance to State and District administrations of affected areas
- A total of 14 rescue teams of the Western Naval Command, including five teams from Goa Naval Area, have been operating in Kolhapur, Belgaum and Uttar Kannada districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka respectively since August 5
- Additional teams are being added according to the situation
- Indian Navy’s Dornier aircraft and ALH helicopters as well as the Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters from Goa, Mumbai and Pune are in use in rescue operations
- The naval rescue teams are equipped with Gemini rubber boats, loud hailers, first aid kits, life jackets and life buoys
- Some teams also include specialist Naval Divers and diving equipment
Media reports claim that as many as 45,000 people have been rescued from flood-hit areas of Karnataka alone.
In Maharashtra, government agencies have been able to rescue more than 75,000 people affected from flood.
Chief Minister of Karnataka and his MLAs are visiting flood-hit areas and overseeing the relief works. Here, CM of Karnataka has shared the details of rescue operations in his state.
Joint rescue team comprising of Fire and Emergency, SDRF, @NDRFHQ & Army have evacuated 43858 people
Nodal officers are camping in
Two Indian Airforce choppers deployed in Belagavi district
One more chopper request sent to AOC pic.twitter.com/y082jG0PTH
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) August 8, 2019
Many NGOs, social organisations have also been acting on ground to provide relief to the people with shelter, food and medicine. Floods have already brought massive damage. Topping it up with negative emotion will not serve any purpose. Instead, contributing to the rescue and relief works using the various communication channels of administration will help the nation.