Rescue and relief operation in Western Maharashtra are in full swing as several places are battling a severe deluge that has engulfed the place. Republic TV spoke to rescue teams present in Kolhapur's Narasoba Wadi.
Since last five days, Narsoba Wadi Village has been submerged following which multiple teams from the NDRF and Indian Navy have been summoned to transport supplies and relief material to the 5000 people who are stranded in different locations. Apart from the food and medicine supplies, doctors have also been brought in. Talking to Republic TV, one of the officials present on site said that boats have been sent for a recee:
"Two boats are headed for a recce and they will pass on the message, after which further action will be initiated. As of now we are sending few doctors with medical kits to the locations."
In addition, the rescue teams are also using HAM radios in order to establish proper communication channel. The teams will set up a base station from where information will be channeled.
"Once the base station is setup, it will be connected with all HAM radios here. It will be easy for us to communicate with the teams." the official added
Yet, the biggest development is that, the teams are also using drones since yesterday for an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas:
"We conducted a recce with the use of drones last evening. The drones are helpful as we immediately get the visual feed of areas affected and people stranded."
The reason these teams have considered drones is to check if people are really stuck in these places. Videos and pictures on social media are looming which in turn create confusion for the rescue teams. Drone pilots, radio operators and doctors have come down to Kolhapur from the Mumbai metropolis to aid the operations. Boats have been sent with supplies after the drone recce. Water levels and currents have been barriers to the rescue and relief operations in the areas. Hence, in order to monitor the situation, drones and HAM radios are proving helpful.