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Army, Navy join hands to rescue Mumbai during floods

india Updated: May 10, 2009 01:57 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

You will be more protected this monsoon.

Four teams of the navy, one team of the army and 780 jawans of National Disaster Response Force — especially trained in flood water rescue operation — will fan out in the city during the monsoon.

The Brihanmumbai Muni-cipal Corporation is not taking any chances this monsoon and is roping in the personnel, especially for those days when the city will have high tides.

The response force is constituted and trained by the Border Security Force’s Institute of Disaster Response in near Pune. They are trained in tackling emergencies such as floods.

The personnel are stationed at Talegaon near Pune and the civic officials are planning to shift them to Mumbai at the onset of monsoon next month.

It has been predicted that the city will experience high tides of the maximum height on July 23 and 24.

The city may experience a 5.01-m-high tide at 1.23 pm on July 23 while the tide will be 5.05-m-high at 2.03 pm on July 24. Overall, the city is expected to witness about 22 high tides between June and September.

“The response force members are chosen from the personnel of the central paramilitary forces. They are specifically trained to handle disaster situations,” said SS Shinde, Joint Municipal Commissioner.

Four teams of the Indian Navy will be deployed at Colaba, Worli, Malad and Ghatkopar with adequate manpower and machinery.

Army personnel will be deployed at Colaba, RC Church, as a standby.

The Navy personnel will be ready with equipment such as boats, floating stretchers, life jackets, rescue tubes and ropes.

The Navy has demanded that its personnel be insured for the monsoon rescue work.

It had asked the BMC to make provision for the insurance of the 10 personnel. But the BMC officials said it was the job of the state government and not the civic authority.