Friday, May 1, 2015

Op Maitri Update (Indian Army & IAF In Nepal Earthquake)

Operation Maitri by Army (Update as At 5 PM on 01 May) 

As part of the National response, IAs relief operations continued to provide engineer support, medical assistance and relief material in conjunction with the Nepalese Army. Army Relief Convoys moving by road have started arriving in Khatmandu. 

Following stores have been/ are being inducted by the Army :-

(a) Five Army Aviation ALH continue to be employed for rescue efforts in Pokhra and adjoining areas in spite of weather and terrain limitations. Army Aviation conducted 77 sorties and evacuated 94 casualties apart from rescuing 363 people on 30 April. Aviation Helicopters were also employed for inducting 84 troops apart from delivering 9 tons of relief material to inaccessible areas on 30 Apr 15. Air Force fixed wing aircraft’s were also employed to deliver 488 tons of relief material. 

(b) Field hospitals at Senamangal and Lagankhel provided medical assistance to 261 persons on 30 Apr 15 including nine surgeries. Medical Teams operating as part of IA’s outreach assistance in Barpak and elsewhere in Gorkha provided medial aid to 392 people. 

(c) Engineer Task Forces in Barpak, Basantpur and Jorbat continued clearing task to reach out to far flung areas. 150 metres of track has been cleared and 130 cubic metre of debris removed. The Task Forces are also enabling access to casualties by clearing debris and collapsed buildings. Seven dead bodies have been recovered and one shelter has also been constructed at Barpak. 

(d) Road convoys carrying tents, blankets, tarpaulins and plastic sheets have started arriving in Khatmandu today. In addition 550 tents and two RO Plants apart from 12 tons water have been dispatched from New Delhi by Air Force flights to Kathmandu. The coordinator of Medical Relief and Rescue Works at Nepal has projected a requirement of two surgical Bricks, two medical bricks and 10 Jumbo Oxygen Cylinders along with orthopedic stores consisting of a total load of 5 tons which will be sent by air to Nepal. 

(e) A communication detachment with two satellite terminals for communication from Kathmandu and Pokhara has been inducted today. 

Indian Air Force (IAF) Continues to Provide Relief to Stranded Persons of Earthquake Hit Nepal- Operation Maitri 

(Updated upto 1800 hrs) 

Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, the IAF is providing relief to the people in distress  across Nepal including remote and  inaccessible areas.  The details of operations carried out so far are as under :-

Today, critical requirements for Nepal were sent by two transport aircraft, first by an IL-76 which contained 22.5 tonnes of ration load from Chandigarh  and another C-17 aircraft with 21  tons of MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) , 1800 blankets, 02 RO plants (01 large and 01 medium), 02 tons of civil/military medical stores, army communication equipments.
Six IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned at Kathmandu.  Two MLHs are positioned at Pokahra.  The most affected areas where casualty evacuation  were carried in the past few days are Chautara, Charkot, Dhading, Melum, Lukla, Aroghat, Dhunche, Trishuli, Ramchap, Barpak, Narayan Chor, Namchi Bazar and Tatopani.  Today, 26 sorties were carried out evacuating 82 people to safer places.   17 casualties evacuations were conducted out of which 12 were from Charkot and 05 from Lamabagarh., The load carried today by these helicopter were 18 tons.
It would be pertinent to note that transport and helicopter aircraft are being utilised extensively for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The Indian Air Force, after proving its mettle in bringing succor to scores of people after Yemen evacuation this month, Jammu & Kashmir in September last year, has once again risen to the occasion and added a pioneering chapter  in Disaster Relief by bringing relief to the needy and evacuate them from earthquake hit areas in Nepal. The Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of the nation.

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