Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 15
The IAF airlifted men and equipment from Bathinda in Punjab to Gujarat on Saturday as a part of the federal government’s efforts to mitigate the results of Cyclone Tauktae, which is raging off the western coast of India.
One IL-76 strategic freighter airlifted 127 personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force and 11 tonnes of cargo from Bathinda to Jamnagar, whereas a C-130 plane airlifted 25 personnel and 12.3 tonnes of cargo from Bathinda to Rajkot.
In addition, two C-130 plane have airlifted 126 personnel and 14 tonnes of cargo from Bhubaneswar to Jamnagar, in accordance to an IAF spokesperson.
Tauktae, mendacity over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, about190 km north-northwest of Amini Divi and 330 km south-southwest of Panjim-Goa, could be very doubtless to intensify additional right into a extreme cyclonic storm throughout subsequent few hours and subsequently into a really extreme cyclonic storm. It could be very doubtless to transfer north-north-westwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya across the afternoon or night of May 18.
The IAF has saved 16 transport plane and 18 helicopters on operational readiness in peninsular India in preparation for CCyclone Tauktae which is predicted to trigger very heavy to extraordinarily heavy rainfall alongside the western coast of India within the subsequent few days.
The IAF can also be specializing in endeavor COVID-19 reduction operations in these coastal areas through the coming days as dangerous climate is probably going to have an effect on air operations later. The cyclone reduction operations are as well as to these underway for COVID reduction.
Till the morning of May 15, the IAF had undertaken a complete of 778 home sorties throughout the nation, logging 1,147 flying hours, to ferry COVId associated shops and equipment. This contains 490 oxygen tankers weighing 8,343 metric tonnes and 209 metric tonnes of different equipment.
Besides, 130 worldwide sorties have been carried out by the IAF to usher in 104 oxygen containers weighing 872 metric tonnes and different related equipment weighing 352 metric tonnes.