Visakhapatnam (AP): The Eastern Naval
Command based here has dispatched a Landing Ship Tank (Large)
for relief operations along Mahanadi river on the request of
The ship INS Airavat, with a Chetak helicopter on its
board, is also carrying three diving teams along with rescue
equipment and medical supplies to tackle the situation, a
defence release said today.
The ship will be joined further by divers and two more
boats from the Naval officer-in-charge-Orissa, it said.
According to the release, INS Airavat is scheduled to
reach Paradip tomorrow morning and will coordinate with the
Disaster Management Authority of Orissa in the relief
operations in the seven districts affected by floods following
incessant rains and discharge from Hirakund reservoir.