The Armed Forces have repositioned their assets to assist the civilian administration in rescue and relief operations in cyclone-affected districts of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa as ‘Hudhud’ made a landfall on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The Navy has been made the nodal agency to carry out relief and rescue works, which have been named as “Operation Lehar”.
The Andhra Sub-Area of Army has already deployed four teams of its personnel at Visakhapatnam and four teams at Srikakulam (Tekkali and Echerla). Around 300 life jackets and 12 boats have been provided to them. It has also established a Disaster Management Cell at Air
Defence College, Gopalpur. The Army has also kept 25 rescue teams and two engineer task forces on standby at Ranchi, Allahabad and Secunderabad.
The Navy has has kept 30 diving teams with Gemini craft and associated equipment, 20 rescue teams, four ships with medical bricks and medical stores, two medical teams, six helicopters and two planes and two medical teams ready at Visakhapatnam.
To bolster the transport efforts, IAF has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and five AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi, Jorhat and Agra.
The Indian Coast Guard also deployed 17 ships, two air cushion vessels and 13 aircraft .