Gujarat sends 15 ambulances to Bihar


New Delhi : The Gujarat government, in association with the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), Thursday flagged off 15 emergency ambulances to manage epidemics in flood-hit Bihar.

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These ambulances will be reaching the affected districts of Bihar by Saturday morning, an institute statement said. A special train was requisitioned for these ambulances to be sent to Bihar by the Western Railway.

At least 85 people including 38 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and doctors will manage these 15 ambulances.

These ambulances will provide comprehensive emergency service including police and fire emergencies. The ambulances will be in operation till the situation improves in Bihar.

The Gujarat government will coordinate with the Bihar administration in deploying the ambulances in the four severely flood affected districts – Saharsa, Supaul, Araria and Madhepura.

“We will manage all essential items right from daily food supplies to tents to diesel for a few days so that we do not become burden on the local administration in Bihar,” said Amit Desai, senior partner of the Gujarat EMRI.

The EMRI aims at saving lives by providing services in case of medical, police and fire emergencies. Established in Hyderabad in April 2005, it has branches in Gujarat and Uttarakhand. It is promoted by Satyam Computers and the concerned state governments.

Flood in the Kosi river has ravaged several districts of Bihar with over two million still homeless.