In war situations, the command is tasked to conduct counter air operations and provides offensive air support to Army and Para-Military Forces. In peace, the command swings into action whenever there is a natural calamity. It was extenisively involved in relief operations in the aftermath of the supercyclone in Orissa and has provided relief supplies during floods in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The command has three broad spheres of activity - operations, maintenance and administration.
This succession of events and the International environment brought to fore, the need of comprehensive disaster management plan. This led to the enactment of the Disaster Management Act on December 26th In the beginning, the personnel of NDRF were deployed for routine law and order duties also.
The situation was handled by the NDRF on a war footing, by airlifting high speed motorized boats with flood rescue trained personnel drawn from three different Battalions and sent to the five flood affected districts with utmost promptitude.
As a result, over 1,00, affected people were rescued during the initial stage itself.
Since its inception NDRF has continued to win hearts of millions of countrymen, by demonstrating its expertise and compassion while handling disaster situations. The list of such challenges is long. To cite a few ; a six storey Orissa supercyclones collapsed at Bellary Karnataka in January In a meticulously planned, round the clock operation lasting seven days, the NDRF rescued 20 trapped live victims and retrieved 29 bodies.
In a multi-storey factory building collapse at Jalandhar Punjab in Aprilthe NDRF successfully rescued 12 live victims trapped under huge rubble of debris and also recovered 19 dead bodies.
In Septemberthe Jammu and Kashmir region suffered disastrous floods across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall. This was the first-ever experience for NDRF to handle urban flooding on such a massive scale.
NDRF, with an initial strength of 10 teams and 50 inflatable rubberized boats, was engaged relentlessly in evacuating stranded people and saving lives. Subsequently, the strength of teams was raised to 23 with more than boats, which rescued more than 50, people and distributed nearly 80 tones of relief material.
When cyclone Hud-hud pounded the eastern Indian coast in OctoberNDRF personnel were present there to save lives of the affected people. They used saw cutters to cut big trees and other metal objects likely to be uprooted and scattered by the gusty and ferocious winds of Hud-hud.
When on 25 Aprilan earthquake with a magnitude of 7.
In the rescue operations, the personnel of NDRF pulled out 11 live victims out of a total figure of In later part ofNDRF created a milestone in one of the marathon rescue operations of its kind in Bilaspur tunnel accident in Himachal Pradesh when two workers were trapped for nine days.
Two workers were safely retrieved from a collapsed under-construction tunnel. In month of Dec unprecedented rain has flooded parts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry which resulted in urban flood in Chennai and its suburbs. NDRF mobilised 50 USAR teams from different location across the country by Air and timely evacuated more than 14, flood affected people and shifted them to safer areas.
NDRF teams also assisted local administration by providing immediate relief and medical care to thousands of needy people. The total strength of each battalion is 1, All the 12 battalions have been equipped and trained to respond natural as well as man-made disasters.
Battalions are also trained and equipped for response during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear CBRN emergencies.Dr grupobittia.come Fernandes, the Project Director and an alumnus of SJMC Bangalore, is a clinician with a deep commitment to tribal community health and education.
She has volunteered in times of crises like the Orissa Super Cyclone and Gujarat Communal riots and has received a number of awards from the Gujarat Government.
A super cyclone hit Orissa coast during Oct. causing vast damage to property and life. Life cycle of this super cyclonic storm from its genesis to landfall is studied using IRS-P4 satellite derived parameters over the oceanic region.
Some of the notable and more impactful ones were the Yokohama Strategy Plan () & the Hyogo Framework for Action (), adopted by the UN. During the same period India faced some of its most severe natural calamities like Orissa Super Cyclone (), Gujarat Earthquake () and Indian Ocean Tsunami ().
She also received letters of commendation from the Press Trust of India for her coverage of the Orissa super cyclone in and the Indian Ocean tsunami in She is a contributor to BBC Radio’s Hindi science program Vigyan aur Vikas (Science and Development), lectures on science communication and mentors young journalists.
recent super cyclone in Orissa in was almost km per hour.
It was not a mere natural disaster, it is a part of the emerging crisis of unpredictable climate change, resulting from atmospheric pollution that has disturbed the climatic balance and is leading to an increasing frequency.
How deadly was Odisha super cyclone? The Odisha cyclone, also known as Cyclone 05B, and Paradwip cyclone, was the deadliest tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean since the Bangladesh cyclone, and deadliest Indian storm since It struck the coast of Odisha with an height of in was 26 feet (8 meters).