Hudhud cyclone: Armed Forces put on high alert

Friday, Oct 10, 2014,19:39 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Armed Forces were today alerted to remain fully geared up to face the likely effects of approaching cyclone ‘Hudhud,’ which is approaching the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast.
Army, Navy and Air Force have been asked to keep their resources fully ready to deal with the impending situation, Ministry of Defence said in a press statement here.
Army Headquarters in AP, Telengana, Karnataka and Kerala area and sub-areas and Defence College have been kept in standby mode, to undertake relief and rescue operations, as and when required.
Indian Navy has also positioned its assets and personnel in some of the important areas of Odisha and AP, including Chilka and Vishakhapatnam, which will be coordinated by Naval Officer-in-Charge, Odhisa and Naval Officer-in-Charge AP, respectively.
The Navy has kept 30 diving teams with Gemini Craft and associated equipment, 20 rescue teams, four ships with Disaster Bricks and medical stores, four helicopters and two fixed winged aircraft and a number of medical teams ready at Vishakhapatnam for undertaking rescue and relief operations.
The Air Force was also gearing itself up to undertake relief, rescue and rehabilitation operations.
To bolster the transport efforts, IAF has kept one IL-76, one C-17 and two AN-32 aircraft ready at Chandigarh, Delhi and Jorhat, respectively.
Three Chetak choppers at Hyderabad, two Medium Light Helicopter each at Barrackpore, Nagpur and Ranchi have also been kept in ready-to-fly conditions.
Indian Coast Guard has deployed 17 ships, two Air Cushion Vessels (ACVs) and nine aircraft in Eastern and North-Eastern regions to augment the rescue and relief operations, wherever required.
Out of 17 ships, six ships and five aircraft have been stationed at Chennai, six ships at Kakinada, three at Vishakhapatnam, four ships at Paradip and one ship, two ACVs and four aircraft at Haldia, Defence sources said.
The movement of cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ was continuously being monitored and the Armed Forces had been kept in the loop in this regard on regular basis, they said.