Super cyclone Amphan has hit the West Bengal and Odisha very badly. Nearly 72 people lost their lives in West bengal. The Indian Air Force has embarked 25 aircraft and 31 choppers for relief operations in areas affected by Cyclone Amphan.
“In the wake of cyclone Amphan, as part of its quick response towards Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), the Indian Air Force (IAF) continued to be on a high state of preparedness for undertaking relief operations in the eastern parts of the country,” the IAF said on Friday.
Total 56 aircraft / helicopters were modified with required equipment for undertaking relief operations and are on standby with crew for a quick deployment at various IAF bases. The Crisis Management Cell activated at Air HQ is actively coordinating with the Civil Administration and the NDRF teams.
Two C-130 aircraft airlifted four NDRF teams, two each from Pune and Arakkonam for Kolkata on 21 May 20. Along with these teams, 8.6 tonnes of heavy equipment / machinery required to undertake relief operations by NDRF was also airlifted.
Update on IAF support for Cyclone Amphan-— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) May 22, 2020
IAF’ C-130 aircraft airlifted 04 NDRF teams along with equipment from Pune & Arakkonam to Kolkata on 21 May.
Indian Air Force is in constant touch with civil administration and NDRF for any assistance. IAF ready 24×7, Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/rAoxf3t0eD