Two Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt have sailed out from Visakhapatnam early morning and proceeding to Chennai to augment relief efforts at Chennai as part of Operation Madad. These ships have embarked additional medical teams, divers, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopter and relief material which include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets. Additional ships have been kept standby to supplement efforts for undertaking Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, should the situation demand. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief ENC reviewed the preparedness of the Eastern Naval Command for undertaking relief operation at Chennai. The severe cyclone lay 80 km East of Chennai and is likely to make landfall this afternoon.In addition to ten diving teams embarked on IN Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt, Flag Officer Tamilnadu & Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) has readied up six diving teams for immediate deployment in consultation with the State Administration. 22 diving teams have been kept standby at Visakhapatnam for immediate deployment, should the situation warrant. Shelter places have been identified and Medical teams are also kept standby for providing humanitarian assistance. One Survey ship has been kept standby to undertake harbour survey in case of requirement. Naval aircraft are also standing-by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali and Dega to be pressed into action to augment HADR operations.
In preparation for the relief efforts of very severe cyclone Vardah, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary assistance. The severe cycle lay 450 km approx. East North East of Chennai and is likely to make landfall north of Chennai in the afternoon/evening of 12 December 2016. All operational ships have been readied up and kept standby to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations including evacuation, should the situation demand. These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5000 personnel. Additionally, thirty diving teams with Gemini boats and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice.
ENC is closely monitoring the developments and Flag Officer Tamilnadu & Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) is in constant communication with the State Administration to augment rescue and relief operations. Naval aircraft are also standing by at the Naval Air Stations Rajali and Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.