Monsoonal rains hit India

The eastern side of India was inundated by seasonal monsoon rain with the major affected area being most of the Bihar state villages.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU, reports that HAMS from East Bengal and Patna were in action passing messages during the flooding.

The emergency communications helped the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams. All HAMs assisted in controlling the communication on VHF mainly.

The situation was brought under control. The NDRF rescued most of the people identified by the HAMS in their message handling.

The affected areas now mainly face a problem with drinking water as all the boring pumps are contaminated due to the flood. Fresh water and food packets are reaching the flood area.

The monsoonal rain also affected neighbouring Bangladesh but no report on emergency communications from there had been provided.

– Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee with Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India