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Navy supplies relief material in flood-hit Orissa

The Indian Navy has supplied over 30,000 kg of relief materials and deployed its warship besides several choppers in its operations in flood-hit Orissa.

Updated: Sep 16, 2011, 00:16 AM IST

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has supplied over
30,000 kg of relief materials and deployed its warship besides
several choppers in its operations in flood-hit Orissa.
INS Airavat, amphibious vessel along with a Chetak
helicopter and divers have been deployed off Paradip coast and
two UH3H choppers have been positioned at Bhubaneswar airport
for the relief operations, Navy officials said here.

The choppers have carried out air drop sorties in Fanki,
Puri, Jagatsingh Pur, Kendra Para, Cuttack, Nayagarh and Paika
areas and a total of about 31,000 Kgs of relief material was
dropped upto 15 Sep 2011, they said.

Meanwhile, the IAF has also deployed two of its Mi-17 IV
choppers which are operating from the Bhubeneshwar airfield.

"In last two days, over 15 sorties have been flown by IAF
helicopters and have heli-lifted 36 tonnes of food packets and
dry rations," IAF officials said here.
The helicopters for these operations have been drawn from
IAF Station Kumbhigram in Assam.

The relief operations in Orissa are likely to continue
for the next 24 hrs at least, according to the NDMA and civil
administration officials.

PTI