Aid Ren­dered – Ker­ala Flood – as on 23 Au­gust, 2018

SP's NavalForces - - TECHNOLOGY / HADR -

Once the wa­ter re­ceded, South­ern Naval com­mand (SNc) ter­mi­nated Op­er­a­tion Madad, the largest ever hu­man­i­tar­ian and disas­ter re­lief (hADR) op­er­a­tion un­der­taken, “that lasted close to 16 days, with a to­tal of 16,843 per­sons hav­ing been res­cued, of which 15,670 were by boat, while 1,173 had to be air­lifted. The ef­forts reached a peak with 92 res­cue teams with Gemini boats de­ployed in a day. The air­craft were also able to un­der­take air sor­ties from day­break to dusk with­out stop­ping.” The Western and East­ern Naval com­mands also par­tic­i­pated in the op­er­a­tion.

Be­fore scal­ing down of the op­er­a­tion on Au­gust 20, In­dian Navy had de­ployed 112 res­cue teams and two med­i­cal teams, 104 boats, three Dornier air­craft and 11 he­li­copters in­clud­ing — four Seaking, four ALh Dhruv and three chetak.

On Au­gust 29, chief of the Naval Staff (cNS) and chair­man chiefs of Staff com­mit­tee (cOSc) along with the Vice Ad­mi­ral A.K. Chawla, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mandin­gin-chief, South­ern Naval com­mand (SNc) paid a visit to Mut­ti­nakam vil­lage in Vara­puzha Pan­chayat of Er­naku­lam dis­trict to re­view flood re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work be­ing car­ried out.

Speak­ing to the peo­ple, cNS “em­pha­sised that all naval per­son­nel in­clud­ing him­self were con­nected with Ker­ala by an um­bil­i­cal cord with the ‘Janam­ab­humi’ as all per­son­nel are trained un­der the SNc based at Kochi prior to be­com­ing full-fledged naval per­son­nel, and re­it­er­ated that he had been closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion over th­ese past sev­eral days and that the Navy had de­ployed its per­son­nel and as­sets from across the Navy dur­ing the cri­sis and that the fo­cus now is on re­lief ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Adding fur­ther he said that In­dian Navy has se­lected two lo­cal­i­ties – Mut­ti­nakam in Vara­puzha Pan­chayat and cheriya Kadamakudi in Kadamakudi Pan­chayat, based on in­puts re­ceived from the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion, wherein re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ini­tia­tives were pro­posed to be un­der­taken to re­store the area. Later dur­ing the visit, cNS also handed over a cheque of ` 8.9 crore to cM Disas­ter Re­lief Fund as a vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion from the salaries of naval per­son­nel.

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