Pune: A team of 30 government employees, including the additional collector and deputy collectors is working round the clock on cyclic duty at the collector's office. The rescue and relief work started at 12 noon, four to five hours after the landslide.
Resident deputy collector (RDC) Suresh Jadhav informed media persons that when he received the first sms from SDO in Ambegaon at 8.30am on Wednesday he took instructions from his superiors, including district collector Saurabh Rao and additional collector Ganesh Patil. He had a telephonic discussion with the Zilla Parishad CEO and president after which he made arrangements for sending the first team of NDRF at 9.30am.
Jadhav told that the disaster management team at collector's office under the leadership of Vitthal Banote along with other staff was geared up to establish a round the clock cell.
He lauded the efforts of Khed SDO Himmat Kharade who is sitting round the clock at Manchar office as a pointman for activities. Tahsildar Gore and SDO Datta Kavitake kept Jadhav informed. The collector left for Malin at 9 to 9.30am. Meanwhile, another team of NDRF left for Malin with deputy commandant Gavde as its leader. After coming to know from the SDO that 40 to 45 houses have been buried, five teams of NDRF with commandant Alok Awasthi left for Malin and took charge of rescue and relief work around 11am.
Jadhav said: "Instead of sending all the 15 earth movers, we decided to send three since there was inadequate space for those many only to start operations. He told that we organised for more ambulances by emergency service of number 108 and moved fifty of them to the spot.
The municipal corporations were geared up to send vehicles with flood lights so that night work would not be hampered and additional staff for post mortem was sent to Adiware primary health center which is carrying out all the post mortems as well as treatment of the injured.
There are senior clerks, clerks, data entry operators and staff who are monitoring all the news channels as well as jotting down the information from Manchar office. In all, 30 government employees have converted RDC's office into a makeshift emergency response team releasing information to public through media.