Sunday, 12 October 2014

Andhra govt identifies 356 villages as 'cyclone-prone'

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government has identified 356 villages in 59 mandals of the four districts as "cyclone-prone." More than 300 relief camps have been opened.

As many as 19 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams (each consisting of 45-50 members) were deployed in the four districts.

Army columns have been positioned at Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam with power boats and other equipment for rescue and relief. Six helicopters have also been positioned in the Naval base at Visakhapatnam.

The Indian Air Force has tasked the headquarters training command, Bangalore to be the nodal agency for all relief operations in connection with severe cyclone Hudhud.

Earlier this year, a disaster relief conclave was held at Hyderabad wherein officials from all concerned agencies participated.

All relief operations will be undertaken by the IAF under the leadership of Air Marshal Ramesh Rai, air officer commanding-in-chief, headquarters training command.

"Sufficient number of aircraft are kept in readiness for this relief operation," the IAF said. Disaster Response Force (NDRF),Indian Air Force,IAF,Hudhud,Cyclone Hudhud

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