Naval command keeps two ships on standby in Visakhapatnam for Cyclone Nada

With the cyclone Nada intensifying over south west Bay of Bengal and is poised to strike the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is ready to render necessary humanitarian

Published: 02nd December 2016 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd December 2016 05:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: With the cyclone Nada intensifying over south west Bay of Bengal and is poised to strike the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is ready to render necessary humanitarian assistance.

Two Indian Naval Ships-Shakti and Satpura -are placed standby to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support, including medical aid. These ships are equipped with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material, including food, tent, clothes, medicines and blankets in sufficient quantities to sustain over 5,000 persons.

Additionally, INS Ranjit, presently deployed in Bay of Bengal, has been positioned off Tamil Nadu coast and would be the first responder to the HADR operation, if required.  

The ENC is monitoring developments closely and the Flag Officer of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry naval area is in constant touch with the state administrations to augment rescue and relief operations.
Naval aircraft are also on standby at the Naval Air Stations of Rajali and Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded people. Additionally, diving teams with Gemini boats and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice.



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