NEW DELHI: Indian Navy on Thursday said that its seven teams from Visakhapatnam are engaged in relief operations after cyclone Yaas left a trail of destruction in West Bengal.
Sharing the details of the teams’ advance deployment, the Naval spokesperson said that two diving and five Flood Relief Teams (FRT) were pre-deployed on May 23-24 May at three separate locations at Digha, Fraserganj and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal, in support of relief operations in the aftermath of the impending cyclone 'Yaas'.
All teams remained 'action ready' from May 25 evening on wards during the approach phase of the cyclone and were swiftly deployed post landfall, off Odisha-West Bengal Coast on Wednesday.
“The flood relief team positioned at Digha was deployed on 26 May, soon after landfall, to Khadalgobra Meenakshi Village for Relief and Rescue operations while the Frazerganj team was initially deployed to Sibarampur Village and thereafter, to Mousini island where they were involved in the supply of three Boat loads of food and ration to the villagers”, Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
The another team was later relocated to Narayanpur Village for the rescue of marooned villagers. Owing to the onset of dark hours and low visibility on May 26, this mission was rescheduled to commence.
The FRT at Diamond Harbour was tasked to undertake relief measures was later relocated to Contai, East Medinipur to augment Rescue and Relief Efforts by the District Administration.
Noting that all teams are on task for more than 12 hours, the Navy officials also informed that the state government has been apprised of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) material that the Indian Navy has kept on standby, both at the Naval Base, Kolkata as well as the load being carried onboard four ships at sea, deployed for relief assistance, if required.