Friday, October 17, 2014

Update On Cyclone ‘Hudhud’ Relief Operations ‘OP LEHAR’

Relief operations in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud are being undertaken by the Navy in close coordination with the state and district administration.
Based on interaction with the local administration, community kitchens were set up at various locations and distribution of food was undertaken in coordination with the local MLAs / reps. However, based on inputs from the MLAs, some community kitchens have since been discontinued and the kitchens that are presently being run by the Navy are heavily subscribed.
Additional air drop of relief material was undertaken at Rambilli by Chetak helicopters as the area continues to be isolated post the cyclone. In addition, aerial recce of the affected areas by Naval helicopters was also undertaken.
Relief material transported by IAF aircraft on 15 Oct 14 is being stored at INS Dega and is thereafter being shifted to feeder trucks for onward distribution in coordination with the civil administration. Suitable storage space has also have been provided to the civil authorities for smooth distribution of the relief material.
Continued efforts of the Navy in close liaison with the AAI, have resulted in clearance of the airfield for civil flights for day and night operations. A meeting was held with the airport authority on 15 Oct 14 to discuss modalities for resumption of civil flight operations from INS Dega. All efforts are being made by the Navy to assist AAI and NDRF in making the Vishakhapatnam terminal ready for civil flight operations by 17 Oct 14. A temporary helipad has also been made operational at Naval Coastal Battery at Beach Road to facilitate smooth movement of civil officials involved in monitoring the relief operations.
Naval communication personnel are assisting the telecom authorities and civil administration in restoration of communication lines and connectivity is being progressively restored in the affected areas.

Survey of Vishakhapatnam harbour till the Outer Turning Basin has been completed with wire sweeps, side scan sonar and check sounding and the harbour has been declared safe for operations. It is intended to undertake sounding checks at civil berths and carry out survey of breakwater to ensure that the harbour is fully operation al at the earliest.
Aerial sorties for survey and relief operations, as requested by civil authorities, would continue to be undertaken. The community kitchens being run by the Navy for distribution of food will continue to operate. Clearance of trees and power lines in residential areas will continue to be undertaken to restore normalcy. Naval sailors will continue to supplement and assist authorities in restoration of communications water and power supply in the affected areas.

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