IAF, Navy mobilise property for emergency response to cyclone Tauktae


THE Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy have mobilised their property for varied emergency response measures in view of Cyclone Tauktae, which is transferring alongside the western coast of India.

The IAF has deployed its varied transport property for airlift of rescue groups of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the cargo required for its rescue missions. The IAF had on Sunday deployed two C-130J and one An-32 transport plane for airlift of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonne of rescue gear of the NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad, the Ministry of Defence has mentioned.

Another C-130J and two An-32 plane carried 121 NDRF personnel and 11.6 tonne of load from Vijayawada to Ahmedabad and two C-130J plane transported 110 personnel and 15 tonnes of cargo for NDRF from Pune to Ahmedabad. These operations continued on Monday along with the IAF’s ongoing missions to move Covid reduction provides.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday took a overview of the emergency reduction efforts and preparedness of the armed forces in aiding the states and administration in coping with Cyclone Tauktae.

Meanwhile, Indian Navy’s 11 diving groups have been saved on standby and prepared for deployment in case of any request from state authorities. Further, 12 flood rescue groups and medical groups have additionally been earmarked for quick response and deployment.

Repair and rescue groups have additionally been shaped to undertake pressing infrastructural repairs put up cyclone, if required, the MoD mentioned on Monday. Various ships alongside the Western seaboard are on standby with help and reduction materials for quick help to affected areas as required and to supply help to fishing boats or small boats stranded as a result of tough climate. Navy’s Maritime Reconnaissance plane on surveillance are repeatedly broadcasting cyclone warnings to fishermen.

In a swift response to SOS by an Indian vessel adrift in Arabian Sea, a naval helicopter was dispatched early morning on Monday, for rescuing the stranded crew of Indian flagged Tug named ‘Coromondel Supporter IX’, which was adrift north-west of Mangalore. Rough seas, as a result of cyclone Tauktae, had resulted in flooding of the vessel’s equipment compartments, rendering it with out propulsion and energy provide, and the crew with none help. In the operation by Indian Navy helicopter, 4 crew members have been rescued safely.

In one other incident, on receipt of a request for help for a Barge P305 adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High space with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly despatched to evaluate the scenario and render help, as required. INS Talwar can be getting ready to sail out. In response to a different SOS obtained from Barge ‘GAL Constructor’ with 137 folks onboard about eight nautical miles from Mumbai, INS Kolkata has additionally been sailed to render help, the MoD mentioned.


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