Thursday, May 14, 2015

Op Maitri

French Trekkers Rescued by Indian Army ALH after 17 Days of Nepal Earthquake 

In an daredevil evacuation effort, Indian Army ALH Dhruv evacuated two French trekkers along with eight Nepalese citizens from a remote place Machhakhola of Gorkha district today. While returning to Pokhara, the same helicopter came via Singla village to evacuate a 82 year old lady who was seriously ill. 

Ingrid and Julien were trekking in central Nepal's tranquil Gorkha district when a 7.9-magnitude quake struck on 25 April. After getting information passed through local journalist, they were rescued after 17 days by Army Aviation Dhruv helicopter flown by Lt Col Kaushik and Maj Danesh. They have been safely brought to Pokhara today. 

The ALH Dhruv helicopters have been drawn from Indian Army Aviation’s Squadrons. While, low clouds, poor visibility, strong winds and rainfall are posing a challenge to the operations, the pilots are finding penetrable patches in the weather to carry out their mission. 

Indian Air Force Continues to Provide Relief to Stranded Persons of Earthquake Hit Nepal 

Continuing the efforts by the IAF to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes on 25 April 2015 and again on 12 May 2015, relief is being provided to the people in distress across Nepal including remote and inaccessible areas.  The details of operations carried out so far are as under:-

Six IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned at Kathmandu. Two MLHs are positioned at Pokhara.  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.  Till 0800 hrs today, 46 sorties were carried out by helicopters evacuating 114 people to safer places and 51 casualties were evacuated.  The load carried by these helicopters till 0800hrs today was 07.25 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 succour 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.