Indian Air Force braces for Cyclone Yaas, keeps assets on alert mode

Team India Sentinels Sunday 23rd of May 2021 03:21 PM

New Delhi: In the wake of Cyclone Yaas, which is expected to make landfall on the West Bengal and Odisha Coast on May 26, the Indian Air Force has put its assets on alert mode as part of its HADR task preparedness.

“The IAF has kept 1 C-17, 1 IL-76, 3 C-130s, 4 An-32s and 2 Dornier transport aircraft on readiness for HADR task,” an IAF PRO said.

He also said that additionally, 11 Mi-17V5s, 2 Chetaks, 3 Cheetahs, 2 ALH Dhruvs and 7 Mi17 helicopters are also on alert for any eventuality.

On Sunday, the IAF has airlifted 21 tons of HADR equipment and 334 personnel of NDRF from Patna & Varanasi to Kolkata and from Arakkonam to Port Blair, utilising 5 C-130 aircraft.

“This is in preparation for the approaching Cyclone Yaas, and the operations are ongoing since May 21,” he added. Till date the IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57T load of NDRF for this purpose.

“This is in preparation for the approaching Cyclone Yaas, and the operations are ongoing since May 21. Till date the IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57T load of NDRF for this purpose,” he said.


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