Op­er­a­tion Le­har


Re­lief op­er­a­tions in the af­ter­math of cy­clone Hud­hud are be­ing un­der­taken by the In­dian Navy in close co­or­di­na­tion with the state and dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion. Air­drop 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 Oc­to­ber 15, 2014, 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 been pro­vided to the civil au­thor­i­ties for smooth dis­tri­bu­tion of the re­lief ma­te­rial.

Con­tin­ued ef­forts of the Navy in close li­ai­son with the Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) have re­sulted in clear­ance of the air­field for civil flights for day and night op­er­a­tions. A meet­ing was held with the AAI on Oc­to­ber 15 to dis­cuss modal­i­ties for re­sump­tion of civil flight op­er­a­tions from INS Dega. All ef­forts are be­ing made by the Navy to as­sist AAI and the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) in mak­ing the Visakha­p­at­nam ter­mi­nal ready for civil flight op­er­a­tions by Oc­to­ber 17. 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 Visakha­p­at­nam 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 op­er­a­tional at the ear­li­est.

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