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In flood-hit Bihar, disaster response team helps woman deliver baby on boat

india Updated: Aug 25, 2016 12:16 IST
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Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ride in an inflatable boat on a flooded street. (AFP)

While involved in search and rescue operations in flood-ravaged Bihar, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel helped three marooned pregnant women to deliver their babies safely.

In Birpur, NDRF men delivered a baby on board the rescue boat in Raghopur block of Vaishali district on Wednesday said Vijay Sinha, Commandant of 9th battalion.

Roshini experienced labour pain while being ferried to a safer place following which NDRF pharmacist Jayshankar acted quickly and delivered a healthy baby boy.

The new-born and the mother were taken to Mahnar primary health centre for further care, Sinha said.

On the same day, the NDRF personnel helped two more marooned pregnant ladies in distress.

A woman experiencing labour pain at Gyaspur village in Bhakhtiyarpur of Patna district was rushed to nearest primary health care centre, the Commandant said.

“Due to the timely assistance, the woman delivered a healthy baby girl at Bhakhtiyarpur PHC,” he said.

While engaged in relief and rescue at Sinha village in Barhara block of Bhojpur district , they heard cries of help from another pregnant woman. The 22-year-old was later rushed to nearest PHC.

According to the Commandant the force received training in child birth.

He said the situation is not unheard of as only last year the NDRF team delivered a baby in Ara town while on board a rescue boat in the middle of a ferocious Ganges river.

Parents later named the baby boy ‘NDRF Singh’ out of gratitude.