Navy launches UAVs to assess flood impact in Chennai

Written by: OneIndia Defence Desk
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Chennai, Dec 02: The Indian Navy has swung into action to help Chennaites reeling under another round of heaving rains and subsequent flooding.

Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said that UAVs have been launched for assessment of flood situation in different parts of Chennai.

Flood in Chennai

"We have set up a Navy Helpline 044-25394240 and it is being manned 24x7. In addition, INS Airavat has been being rushed to Chennai with relief material from Vishakhapatnam," he said.

Here are the highlights of naval operation, in the wake of flooding in Chennai:

* Team-1 comprising of 20 sailors (five divers and 15 good swimmers) with Gemini and associated gears deployed last night in Gandhi Nagar near Adyar bridge. The team returned on Tuesday early morning after rescuing 15 stranded personnel.

* Team-2 consisting of one officer 16 sailors (four divers and 12 swimmers), two Geminis and 250 food packets deputed today morning to RDO Office, Tambaram on state governments request. Team directed to report to Secretary Tourism, designated as Monitoring Officer.

Flood in Chennai

Flood in Chennai

* Team-3 from Rajali consisiting of two officers 50 sailors and 200 packets deployed 02 Dec at 0845 hours to RDO Tambaram office for central flood relief Operation thereafter.

* Additional boats being deployed to RDO office Tambaram for use by Rajali flood relief team.

* Rajali Parundu and ships put on standby for helo/RPA sorties and deployment of boats/portable de-flooding pumps.

* INS Chetlat on Palkbay patrol responded to distress call to rescue missing fishing vessel (Reg No. 10-MM-173) on Monday night. Fishing vessel detected later with total loss of propulsion and power generation. Fishing vessel towed to Rameswaram and it arrived at jetty on Tuesday early morning.

Flood in Chennai

Flood in Chennai

* NCC Puducherry put on standby for providing boats for flood relief. Preliminary reports from Puducherry NCC indicate no flood situation, however being monitored.

* Shelter for housing 100 needy personnel kept ready at INS Adyar.

 * Medical team kept standby for deputing at short notice.


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