Humanitarian OPS :-Natural Calamity

Flood Relief at Chennai

 

The persistent rains since early hours of 01 Dec 15, had caused inundation of few low lying areas of Chennai, as it happened on 16 Nov 15. All ICG units were kept standby for rescue and providing relief to marooned/stranded people.

 

Floods in Tamil Nadu

 

The incessant torrential rains since early hours on 01 Dec 15 coupled with sudden release of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir in the intervening night of 01-02 Dec 15 led to widespread floods in entire Chennai. Thousands of marooned/stranded people needed immediate assistance. ICGAS (Chennai) and Chennai International Airport were severely inundated due to sudden release of water from Chembarambakkam reservoir. The area of Tuticorin and Mandapam was also very severely inundated due to incessant heavy downpours.

 

Relief and Rescue Efforts - Kerala Flood

 

In response to Kerala Floods in Aug 18, the Indian Coast Guard launched Disaster Response Operation code named 'Op Rahat'. ICG mobilised eight (08) ships, four (04) Dorniers and three (03) Helicopters for the Flood Relief Operation. Thirty six (36) Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) each comprising of 7 - 9, ICG personnel were formed and deployed in the flood affected districts of Kerala and these included Calicut, Thrissur, Idduki, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. The rescue operations were conducted by the DRTs using 42 rubberised inflatable boats (Gemini), 11 rubberised inflatable life rafts, lifejackets, lifebuoys and a total of 575 ICG personnel were relentlessly engaged for the relief operation. The ICG also hired 21 traditional fishing boats for the relief operations and ICG helicopters have airlifted 27 people during the relief operation. ICG mobilised more than 180.6 tonnes of relief material from New Mangalore and Mumbai to the affected areas of Kerala. The ICG relief operation also included setting up of Community kitchen and Medical Camps. Indian Coast Guard rescued a total of 3521 persons while guiding around 7427 persons and airlifting 27 persons to safer places. Indian Coast Guard also distributed 40941 food packets to the local populace during relief operations.

 

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