Indian Navy on the Alert for Cyclone Gaja Relief Efforts Indian Navy on the Alert for Cyclone Gaja Relief Efforts

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Indian Navy on the Alert for Cyclone Gaja Relief Efforts

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New Delhi. 14 November 2018. As the cyclonic storm Gaja is approaching the coast of South Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and is poised to cross coast on the evening of 15 November, the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. Two Indian Naval ships Ranvir and Khanjar are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. These ships will be embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc. Additionally, aircraft from Naval Air Stations Dega, Rajali and Parundu and Water Jet FACs and Patrolling Boats from Naval Detachments in Ramnad and Nagapatnam have been warning the fishing vessels about the approaching storm and directing them to return to harbour.
ENC is monitoring the developments closely and Flag Officer Commanding Tamilnadu & Puducherry Naval Area is in constant communication with the State Administration to augment rescue and relief operations. One P8I aircraft, Dornier aircraft and helicopters are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.
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