Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi, Aug 11: Relief and rescue efforts of the Indian Air Force(IAF) continued in the flood affected areas of Kerala and adjoining Tamil Nadu.
Responding to the request from Kerala Government, one Mi-17 V5 helicopter by IAF was used on Saturday morning for the recce of the flood hit areas of northern districts in Kerala.
Air Force helicopters carried out a reconnaissance of areas affected by landslides in Wayanad and Malappuram.
Four civilians marooned in the swirling waters were evacuated from Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu where food packets were also dropped by Sarang helicopters (ALH) of the IAF. Eleven people requiring medical help have been evacuated to Coimbatore.
The giant transport aircraft, C-17 of the IAF inducted Army Engineering Task Force (ETF) at Sulur near Coimbatore and NDRF team at Mangalore.
Air Force liaison officers have been positioned with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority to facilitate better co-ordination of the flood relief efforts. One column from Defence Security Corps Centre, Kannur, is already deployed at Puthumala, Wayanad. Under the leadership of Lt. Col Thirthankar of DSC an infant has been evacuated from the landslide area of Puthumala at Wayanad.
He has also helped in rescuing about 50 stranded people from Raimala of Wayanad by making makeshift Bridge with wooden logs. Medical aid was also provided by the team headed by Major Prageeth of Military Hospital, Kannur. Five more columns from DSC, Kannur are deployed at Kozhikode, Kannur, Thamarassery, Iritty and Virajpet of Coorg Dist.
Two columns of Army from 19 Madras Regiment and 4 columns from 13 Garhwal deployed at various rain hit areas of Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Chengannur.
One platoon of Territorial Army is carrying out the rescue operations at Sreekandapuram area of Kannur. Disaster response team from 122 Territorial Army Kannur distributed the essential food materials to the stranded residents and evacuated the residents in fishing boat in synergy with fishermen.
On the third day of HADR Operations, Indian Coast Guard from Beypore distributed essential food materials to the rain hit areas of Vazhakkad at Malappuram. Three teams of Coast Guard from Beypore in full swing operation and 13 teams are kept standby.
NCC Cadets of newly raised 5 Kerala Battalion at Wayanad, extended their helping hands at relief camps at Kuppadi, Ambalavayal area of Wayanad. Cadets of 9 Kerala Unit of NCC established a Camp for the collection and distribution of flood relief materials at St.Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode.(UNI)