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India Navy & Army prepared for Cyclone Vardah as heavy rains, strong winds hit Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As heavy rains and strong winds hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh ahead of Cyclone Vardah making landfall around 2 pm, Indian Navy and Army have their teams on standby.While the Indian Navy has stationed two ships — INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt — near North Chennai to provide immediate assistance if required. Both the ships are equipped with adequate bricks of HADR material. The ships also have additional divers, doctors, food, water, blanket inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and other relief material in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5,000 people.“In preparation for the relief efforts of very severe cyclone Vardah, the Eastern Naval Command has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary assistance. All operational ships have been readied and kept on standby to undertake humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations, including evacuation, should the situation demand,” said a statement from the Indian Navy.This apart, additional 30 diving teams with Gemini boats and four platoons with additional relief material have been pressed into action.Cyclone Vardah’s severe cycle is around 450 km east-north-east of Chennai and is likely to make landfall north of Chennai around 2 pm.Besides the Indian Navy, the Army has put as many as seven columns on standby for rescue and relief operation.

Security stabilised after Pathankot attack but needs to improve: IAF

Shillong: The security scenario in the country has stabilised after the Pathankot attack, though it is yet to improve, Air Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Air Command C Harikumar said on Monday.

“Though stabilised, we have not been able to improve (our security),” Harikumar told reporters in Shillong on Monday.

“Our country has been fighting to improve security for quite sometime. We have inimical agents that are not allowing us to settle that,” he said.

Representational image. APRepresentational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The Eastern Air Command Chief said, “No other country will find so much police visible all over. Though stabilised, we have not been able to improve.”

“Post Pathankot incident and thereafter in Jammu and Kashmir, we realised that we need to have added emphasis to ensure that our bases are more secure,” Harikumar said.

“We have made SOPs, we have made a lot of decisions and a lot of brainstorming on this. We are seeing how we can involve everybody, including the state, as our outer cover to ensure that our assets are not affected,” he said.

Harikumar hosted a two-day seminar on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) aimed at synergising all state governments, army, navy, para-military forces in any emergency or disaster relief operations in the future.

In the past five years, IAF helicopters have successfully evacuated 10,868 persons from several disaster zones or flood- affected areas in the Eastern Command’s reach.

During the same time, over 1,200 hours of flying efforts have been made for such operations, defence spokesman Amit Mahajan said.

In the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, the need to involve IAF in all four steps of disaster management – mitigation, preparation, response and recovery – by all agencies was reiterated during the seminar.

In other presentations, HADR in remote locations of the NE region, air maintenance towards the sustenance of armed forces and civilian population were also discussed, Mahajan added.

PTI

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