IAF Navy, IAF deploy ships, helicopters to help in rescue operations

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016,11:22 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Indian Navy and the IAF have deployed six helicopters and one Dornier aircraft to help in rescue operations at the Kerala temple where a fire has left over 102 dead. The IAF has deployed four choppers including Mi17 and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).

The Indian Navy is deploying one Dornier and two ALH with medical teams from the southern naval command. It has also deputed three Naval ships INS Kabra, Kalpeni and INS Sukanya with medical stores to Kollam coast to give medical assistance to the injured.

They will be deployed in consultation with local administrative authorities, a Navy spokesperson said. Surgical teams have also been put on standby at the Naval command hospital in Kochi.

Ten IAF aircraft was today pressed into service to transport to hospitals the seriously injured in the major fire mishap at the Puttingal Devi temple near here which has claimed over 100 lives.

The Indian Air Force is making all out efforts to transport the victims as soon as possible to the nearby hospitals at Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, a defence statement said. A total of 10 transport aircraft and helicopters have been pressed into service.

All the aircraft have been deployed in Air Ambulance role to ferry the victims to nearby hospitals, it said. The aircraft are operating in close coordination with local civil authorities under overall command of Southern Air Command at Thiruvananthapuram as the Nodal Operational Centre to provide succour to the affected people, it said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Arakkonam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu and medical teams are also being brought to provide timely medical relief to the victims. One hundred and two people were killed and over 280 injured in a major fire that broke out in the Puttingal Devi Temple complex early morning today during a display of fireworks for which there was no permission from authorities.