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S.S. Guleria
S.S. Guleria

Two officers of the rank of Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will supervise rescue operations in the State in the aftermath of cyclone Lehar.

In all, 31 NDRF teams have been sent to various mandals in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Krishna districts, which are likely to be hit by the cyclone, and four teams have been kept as reserve, said Mr. Guleria, DIG, who is monitoring the situation in the State along with another DIG, S.P. Selvan. Of them, 25 NDRF teams are from Tamil Nadu and Odisha, said Mr. Guleria. Speaking to reporters at the NDRF’s 10th Battalion headquarters here on Wednesday, the officers said the Government of India had sounded an alert, and that Air Force and Navy helicopters had been positioned to tackle any eventuality.

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