2018 flood rescue mission in Wayanad among NITI Aayog’s ‘best practices’

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An aerial view shows partially submerged bridge at a flooded locality of Puthussery Kadavu in Wayanad | Photo: Mathrubhumi

New Delhi: NITI Aayog enlisted the rescue operations performed in Wayanad during the floods of 2018 in the compendium of ‘best practices’ in the country. Wayanad district administration’s efforts were acknowledged by including them in the list of best practices in the social sector.

The coordination in rescue missions and rapid interventions of the Wayanad district administration was crucial for the revival of the district from floods, mudslides and similar calamities, noted NITI Aayog. Wayanad witnessed nearly 250 major and minor mudslides within an interval of a few days following the floods. Almost 80 per cent of the roads were destroyed and the district got isolated.

The flood that hit Wayanad in 2018 caused a whopping financial loss of Rs 2,251 crores to the district. Though it was the huge mishap of the century, the district administration could minimise the loss by inferring the possibility of a calamity and evacuating residents from the disaster-prone areas. The administration could save 30,186 people and set up 223 relief camps.

The experts carried out rescue missions by considering the opinions and ensuring the participation of the public also. Health experts, engineers, and rapid action force were promptly deployed in the district and their activities were coordinated. When the telephone and internet services were disrupted in the initial phase, satellite phones and home radios were used. A special team was appointed to clear roads and boats were deployed to rescue those who got stranded in remote locations, reported NITI Aayog.

Appreciated DigiLocker

NITI Aayog appreciated the Kerala government’s efforts to conserve the files in eight departments in a DigiLocker system. The other enterprises and policies that secured a special mention are Academic Bank of Credits, National Artificial Intelligence portal, Ethanol project, One Nation One Ration Card, UMANG, crash course for COVID warriors, and Electric Vehicle policy.

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