Armed forces step up relief opeartions in cyclone hit areas

The Armed Forces on Tuesday stepped up rescue and relief operations in Hudhud cyclone ravaged areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and have pressed into service a number of aircraft, helicopters and additional troops after making damage assessment using satellite imagery.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014, 19:31 PM IST

New Delhi: The Armed Forces on Tuesday stepped up rescue and relief operations in Hudhud cyclone ravaged areas of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and have pressed into service a number of aircraft, helicopters and additional troops after making damage assessment using satellite imagery.

The Defence Crisis Management Group (DCMG), under the aegis of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, which met today to take stock of the situation, decided to step up the relief efforts.

To organise the relief efforts, called Op LEHAR, in a coordinated manner, the Armed Forces have set up Joint Operations Room in New Delhi.

Over 2.48 lakh people in 320 villages of 44 blocks have been affected by the cyclone in Andhra Pradesh. As many as 1,35,262 persons have been evacuated and accommodated in 223 relief camps.

Eight composite teams of Army have been deployed in Vishakhapatnam and another eight teams in Srikakulam.

Altogether 140 persons have been rescued from Visakhapatnam district and 132 from Srikakulum district.

The IAF has pressed into service C-17, C130J, AN-32, IL-76, Mi-17 and Chetak aircraft and helicopters towards rescue and relief efforts.