Indian Navy Mobilises Rescue Teams, Helicopters For Flood Relief And Evacuation In Maharashtra

Indian Navy Mobilises Rescue Teams, Helicopters For Flood Relief And Evacuation In MaharashtraIndian Navy (Pic Via PIB Website)

After receiving a request from Maharashtra government, the Indian Navy has mobilised its assets to provide assistance to the flood-hit state.

The Mumbai-based Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy has mobiliesed Flood Rescue Teams and Helicopters to provide assistance to the state administration.

"Despite adverse weather conditions and widespread inundation in affected areas, a total of seven naval rescue teams departed by road for deployment to the Ratnagiri and Raigarh districts on 22 July 2021 from Mumbai," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Friday (23 July).

"Airlift of marooned personnel from Raigarh district is also being undertaken. One SeaKing 42C Helo from INS Shikra, Mumbai departed for Rescue at Poladpur/Raigad during early morning hours on Friday," it added.

According to the ministry, the naval flood rescue teams are fully self-sustained and equipped with Gemini rubber boats, loud hailers, first aid kits, life jackets and life buoys. These rescue teams also include specialist Naval Divers and diving equipment.

"Additional Flood Rescue Teams are being maintained on a high degree of readiness at Mumbai, for immediate deployment, should the need arise," the ministry said.