As the severe cyclone Hudhud is poised to strike the Andra and Odisha coast, Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam has been put on a high degree of readiness to provide necessary help and 4 Indian Naval ships are on stand by to rush to the affected areas for relief, evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid.
These ships embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5000 personnel.
Six aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Station INS Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded. Additionally, 30 diving teams and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice, said the navy.
Even the Army and Air Force are fully geared up to face the likely impact of the cyclone ‘Hudhud’. Army has kept its Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka and Kerala area and Sub Areas/Air Defence College in standby mode, if required. IAF has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and two AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi and Jorhat, respectively.
Keeping the rescue operations in mind it has kept in standby mode three Chetak at Hyderabad, two Medium Light Helicopter at Barrackpore and two Medium Light Helicopter at Nagpur and Ranchi.
Indian Coast Guard has also deployed 17 ships, two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) and 09 aircraft in Eastern and North-Eastern regions to augment the rescue and relief operations, wherever required. Out of 17 ships, six ships and five aircraft have been stationed at Chennai, six ships at Kakinada, three at Vishakhapatnam, four ships at Paradip and one ship, two ACVs and four aircraft at Haldia.