Updated: May 18, 2021 7:03:28 pm
THE Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian Army mobilised columns and Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) to the western coast from various parts of the country to assist the states and local administration to deal with Cyclone Tauktae.
With the progress of the cyclonic storm, the formations of the Southern Command of Army had kept ready multiple relief teams, along with elements of communication and engineer task forces, to provide all kinds of assistance following Covid-19 protocols. Southern Army Commander, Lieutenant General J S Nain, has assured the full support of the Army to tide over the adverse impact of the cyclone.
Considering the possible impact in Saurashtra, including the union territory of Diu, 10 integrated teams have been deployed for aid to civil authorities in Diu. Ten more teams were deployed in Junagarh and these have now started moving to Amreli.
Officials said that earlier, the General Officer Commanding of the Army Division located at Ahmedabad attended a coordination meeting chaired by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and assured all support. The Indian Army is also providing all possible assistance for creating power back-up and making preparations for other contingencies at Covid hospitals in the affected region, including the Dhanvantri Covid Hospital at Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, Army columns at Jamnagar cleared the road for movement of essential supplies and civil vehicles between Somnath and Diu, which was blocked at many places due to fallen trees and debris from Cyclone Tauktae. The effort was undertaken amidst high-velocity winds and flying objects on Monday night and early hours of Tuesday.
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