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Drowning in Delhi-NCR: Since 2016, NDRF conducted 68 search and rescue operations

New Delhi: As summer approached the national capital, possibilities of drowning also increases as well. In the past, cases have surfaced where teenagers drowned in rivers while taking bath.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) data on drowning revealed that from 2016, they have conducted 68 search and rescue operations in Delhi-NCR.

The NDRF data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the current year till May 16, the national disaster response force conducted 16 rescue operations in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Baghpat, Gurugram and Gautam Budh Nagar in which seven bodies were retrieved.

Last year, NDRF retrieved nine bodies and conducted 22 rescue operations (Delhi-5, Haryana-7 and Uttar Pradesh-10).

In 2017, as many as 21 rescue operations were conducted in which nine bodies were retrieved.

"In one of the cases, NDRF saved the life of a person who fell in 30 feet dry well in Ghaziabad," data said.

In 2016, as many as nine search operations took place in which NDRF retrieved three bodies.

Talking to Millennium Post, Director General (NDRF) Satya Narayan Pradhan said," Drowing incidents mostly happen with teenagers who go to the water bodies for taking photographs or for picnic and dive into the water for fun but, some of them are not very well trained so they become the victims of drowning. Such picnic spots or water bodies are unsupervised as there is no one for the safety," added Satya Narayan Pradhan.

He further said that colleges and schools should give instructions in writing that students who are going to water bodies should be accompanied by seniors or teachers.

"Also if the state governments can appoint supervisors in picnic spots just to keep tabs on people going in the water," said Director General.

He further said that institutions should have the NDRF control room number so that during an emergency, they can directly contact them for the help.

"The earlier you contact NDRF, the better it will be. The deep divers have also increased to 36 in every battalion of NDRF," added Director-General.

According to NDRF, they have conducted more than 100 school safety programmes in Delhi from 2016 and the total beneficiaries were 92,537.

During drowning, breathing technique plays an important role in the survival of the person. "When the water gets inside the body, the situation becomes very tough for survival," an official said.

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