Monday, April 11, 2016

Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard's Efforts Of Assistance In Kollam Tragedy

Southern Naval Command 

A major fire was reported at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kollam in the early hours of Sunday, 10 Apr 16 following which the Southern Naval Command at Kochi pressed into action medical team along with equipment and materials using ships and aircraft. 

Six Aircraft (Two Dornier fixed wing aircraft, two ALH helicopters and two Chetak helicopters) and three IN ships namely Kabra, Kalpeni and Sunayna were earmarked for the requirement. Two ALH with a nine member medical team along with three doctors, paramedics, supplies and equipment was rushed to the scene at 1130 hrs. The helicopters landed at the Ashramam Ground, Kollam at 1200 hrs. One Dornier aircraft from Kochi was positioned at AF Stn Trivandrum since noon. The rest of aircraft were stand by at Kochi foe any emergent need.

IN ships Sunayna, Kabra and Kalpeni were sailed immediately from Kochi with 200 KGs of medical supplies and medical team. INS Kabra and Kalpeni reached alongside Kollam jetty at 1600 hrs while INS Sunayna is off Kollam awaiting instructions as per situation. The medical supplies have been handed over to the local administration. Ships have kept blood donors ready to meet emerging requirements of Blood. 

A relief camp has been set up at Kollam to co-ordinate all relief activities by the Navy, which was visited by the Hon’ble CM of Kerala. 

Regular contact is being maintained with state officials. Ships as well as medical teams have been directed to remain at Kollam for rendering assistance. 

Indian Coast Guard

A fire incident occurred in the wee hours on 10 Apr 2016 at Kerala’s Puttingal Temple, Kollam.  The Coast Guard District Headquarters No.4 at Kochi in coordination with District administration immediately responded for rendering assistance. 

The Coast Guard Disaster Management Team was activated at Kochi and Vizhinjam.  The situation was carefully monitored to render assistance for saving precious lives.

The Coast Guard interceptor Boat C-427 and interceptor craft from Vizhinjam harbour was instantaneously sailed out with maximum Coast Guard personnel and entered Thangassery harbour (Kollam District) for rendering assistance and support to the Dist. Administration. 

The CG Medical Team alongwith medical kit was sent to the disaster site from Coast Guard Station Vizhinjam,  Trivandrum.  The medical team has started providing all possible assistance to the Dist. Administration. 

The Coast Guard helicopter based at Kochi was immediately converted into ambulance mode and positioned at Trivandrum with experience service doctor alongwith medical supplies for medical evacuation. 

Maximum Coast Guard personnel from Vizhinjam have reached Govt. hospital at Trivandrum for donating blood.  The Coast Guard team is also providing assistance to the hospital staff on the request by the Dist. Collector, Trivandrum to manage the civil blood donors in the Govt. hospital. 

Coast Guard ambulance from Coast Guard station Kochi along with additional medical team and support staff also proceeded to the disaster site by road for rendering assistance. Coast Guard District headquarters (Kerala) is in communication with Dist collector, Trivandrum for mobilising additional support to the administration.  The Coast Guard Ship Abhinav at Kochi is kept standby along with medical relief material for immediate deployment.

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