Cyclone Jawad to impact AP from today, TN too on alert

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other Central/State agencies were deployed in strength for relief and rescue operations in the wake of cyclone ‘Jawad’ that is set to move in just off the Andhra–south Odisha coast today with wind speeds up to 90-100 kmph and heavy rain. Continue Reading

Kerala floods: Toll rises, high alert in 11 districts, armed forces & NDRF intensify rescue ops

At least 25 people have died in Kerala due to flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains since Saturday. While the rain subsided by Sunday afternoon, authorities kept up a strict vigil with the threat of landslides. Continue Reading

10 killed, many injured in Maharashtra building collapse

At least 10 people were killed and many others are feared trapped after a three-storey building collapsed at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane. Rescue operations are under way. Continue Reading

Raigad building collapse: Many still feared missing

A day after a five-storeyed building in Maharashtra’s Raigad district collapsed, rescue personnel continued to sift through the rubble in search of survivors today, while police said 19 persons are still missing.
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Toddler Sujith stuck in TN borewell dead, body removed

Nearly 80 hours of struggle to rescue a three-year-old boy stuck in a discarded borewell near here failed with the death of the child and retrieving of his decomposed body from a depth of 88-feet in the early hours of Tuesday. Continue Reading

We never say no to requests, but multiplicity of challenges worrying: NDRF

The “multiplicity” of challenges faced by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is a cause for concern, its director general S N Pradhan has said, calling for a “clear” policy that will put the primary onus to deal with disasters of certain categories on states. Continue Reading

NDRF to induct women personnel in new batallions

“Earlier, we didn’t have the barracks and other amenities for women personnel… But, we are now in a position to accommodate them and have already started the process of calling for women operators,” Director General of NDRF, S N Pradhan, said. Continue Reading