Op­er­a­tion Madad – In­dian Navy’s ‘Madad’ to Ker­ala

On Au­gust 9, In­dian Navy’s South­ern Naval com­mand (SNc) at Kochi launched Op­er­a­tion ‘Madad’ for as­sist­ing state gov­ern­ment. In the flood where Ker­ala lost around 450 peo­ple, In­dian Navy was one of the first re­spon­ders.

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On Au­gust 9, In­dian Navy’s South­ern Naval Com­mand (SNC) at Kochi launched Op­er­a­tion ‘Madad’ for as­sist­ing state gov­ern­ment. In the flood where Ker­ala lost around 450 peo­ple, In­dian Navy was one of the first re­spon­ders. Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava

WhEN ThE DISAS­TER STRUcK the ‘God’s own coun­try’ Ker­ala in the se­cond week of Au­gust, the state gov­ern­ment in this mo­ment of dis­tress and disas­ter called the cen­tre for help. Re­spond­ing to the call, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia sent out armed forces and Na­tional Disas­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) to help the state ma­chin­ery. Go­ing be­yond their call of duty and risk­ing their life and stretch­ing the equip­ment to their op­er­a­tional lim­its, work­ing round the clock ig­nor­ing ex­haus­tion, In­dian men and women in uni­form per­formed as if they were god sent saviour of Ker­ala, win­ning heart of all and sundry along the way.

In the flood where Ker­ala lost around 450 peo­ple, In­dian Navy was one of the first re­spon­ders. It all be­gan when on Au­gust 8 many parts of the state re­ceived over 1,000 mm of rain which forced the au­thor­i­ties to open flood­gates of over 30 dams in the state. The mas­sive flow of wa­ter in the rivers cou­pled with the mas­sive down­pour led to rivers break­ing their banks and rav­aging ev­ery­thing which came in its way. Noth­ing could stop rivers on the ram­page. Such was the flow of wa­ter even small rivulet be­came har­bin­gers of death and de­struc­tion.

On Au­gust 9, In­dian Navy’s South­ern Naval com­mand (SNc) at Kochi launched Op­er­a­tion ‘Madad’ for as­sist­ing state gov­ern­ment. It was run­ning two re­lief camps with com­mu­nity kitchen for 3,000 peo­ple at Aluva and Kochi. Over 1,50,000 food pack­ets and around 50,000 kg of re­lief ma­te­rial has been dis­trib­uted by the Navy to the stranded and needy. INhS San­jivini, the hos­pi­tal ship of In­dian Navy was in the standby for med­i­cal help at Kochi. In ad­di­tion, Navy’s sup­port ship INS Deepak de­liv­ered 900 tonnes of fresh wa­ter at Kochi. Sim­i­larly, on Au­gust 20 INS Mysore reached Ker­ala from Mum­bai car­ry­ing emer­gency kits, food, wa­ter and life jack- ets. In­dian Navy has de­ployed its Sea King, Dornier, Dhruv and chetak he­li­copters.

Naval per­son­nel’s stu­pen­dous and self­less acts have a buzzed the so­cial me­dia. Not for the first time, In­dian Navy has done sim­i­lar work dur­ing other nat­u­ral calami­ties as well. On Au­gust 17, In­dian Navy chop­per pi­loted by cdr Vi­jay Verma 321Flight air­lifted a preg­nant lady and evac­u­ated her to the Navy’s hos­pi­tal ship INhS San­jivini, which has been de­ployed as part of the res­cue and re­lief op­er­a­tion, where she de­liv­ered a baby. Amidst much gloom and de­spair, Navy brought hap­pi­ness to the fam­ily and to ev­ery­one who saw the act on the so­cial me­dia.

PHO­TOGRAPHS: In­dian Navy

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba su­per­vis­ing the re­lief op­er­a­tions in progress; Re­lief ma­te­rial be­ing loaded on a naval he­li­copter for dis­tri­bu­tion.

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