Armed forces brace up for Cyclone ‘Yaas’

at 7:15 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Armed forces have mobilised its men and machines in and around eastern coasts to mitigate the threat posed by cyclone ‘Yaas’, which is likely to hit the region on May 26.

“Indian Air Force (IAF) has airlifted 950 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and 70 tonnes of load from Jamnagar, Varanasi, Patna and Arakonnam to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Port Blair in 15 Transport Aircraft, as of today, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Sixteen transport aircraft and 26 helicopters are on standby for immediate deployment, it said.

Cyclone ‘Yaas’ is expected to cross West Bengal and north Odisha coasts by the evening of May 26 with the wind speed ranging between 155 and 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph and cause heavy rainfall.

Indian Navy, fresh from Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (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, the Ministry said.

Eight ships of Eastern Naval Command and Andaman and Nicobar Command have been embarked with HADR Bricks to provide succour to the people likely to be impacted.

“Four diving and 10 flood relief columns have been pre-positioned at Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Chilika for rendering assistance to civil administration at short notice,” it said.

Seven flood relief teams and two diving teams are ready at different locations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to deal with any eventuality.

In addition, Naval Aircraft and helicopters in Vishakhapatnam and Port Blair are on operational readiness to undertake search and rescue missions, the statement said.

Eight flood relief columns and three Engineer Task Forces of the Indian Army are ready for immediate deployment on requisition by the civil administration, it added.

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 & rail links open to ensure uninterrupted supply of life saving oxygen & drugs required for treatment at COVID-19 hospitals, the statement read.