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The defence ministry today said that the armed forces have started to prepare for the upcoming cyclone and has shifted its rescue team from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. They have placed the military aircraft and warships on standby in the eastern coast before the cyclone Yaas is likely to hit on 26 may. The officials said that the army navy and coast guard teams can be readily deployed to assist the NDRF and other relief forces.
The Indian air force has deployed one C-17 and IL-76, 3 C-130, 4 An-32s and 2 Dornier transport aircraft as a preparatory move for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), said Ashish Moghe IAF spokesperson. “Additionally, 11 Mi-17 V5s, two Chetaks, three Cheetahs, two Dhruvs and seven Mi-17 helicopters are also on alert for any eventuality,” he said. He also mentioned that IAF has airlifted 950 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and 70 tonnes of cargo from various locations in 15 aircraft.
“The Indian Navy, fresh from HADR and rescue operations on the western coast, has moved 10 HADR pallets to Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, while five HADR pallets are ready at Port Blair. Eight ships of the Eastern Naval Command and Andaman and Nicobar Command have been embarked with HADR bricks (relief material) to provide succour to the people likely to be impacted,” the ministry’s statement read. The statement further read,“Eight flood relief columns and three engineer task Forces of the Indian Army are ready for immediate deployment on requisition by the civil administration. The armed forces are in constant touch with the civil administration of the affected states. Armed forces teams are aware of the need to keep the road and rail links open to ensure uninterrupted supply of life-saving oxygen and drugs required for treatment at Covid-19 hospitals.”
Source- Hindustan Times
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