Indian Army has been leading the rescue operations in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the states that were hit badly by the cyclone ‘Hudhud’. Indian Army has now taken its rescue operations steps ahead by deploying more forces and gadgets in the affected areas.
Vizag has got eight composite teams of Army while Srikakulam received another eight teams, which have till now rescued 140 people in Vizag and 132 from Srikakulam from the edges of the death.
The Indian Air Force has deployed several aircrafts including C-17, C130J, AN-32, IL-76, Mi-17 and the powerful Chetak along with several helicopters which have airlifted about 120 tonnes of supplies from Vijayawada and Rajamundry to Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam. Most of the air lifts were of food and essentials that enabled the victims to survive.
The armed forces have called this operation as ‘Op LEHAR’ and a Joint Operations Room has been set up in New Delhi to coordinate in the rescue operations.
The Indian Navy, that was itself badly hit by the cyclone ‘Hudhud’, stepped in too for the rescue operations in Vizag. R K Dhowan, the Chief of the Indian Navy is himself monitoring the rescue operations.