Cyclone Fani rescue and relief efforts underway as Indian warships deployed to keep guard

Indian Coast Guard Disaster Relief Team geared up to move for relief work in coordination with state administration Twitter/Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard)

  • The Indian Coast Guard is ready to start relief work in the eastern state of Odisha in India after Cyclone Fani made landfall in India today morning.
  • They have 34 disaster relief teams and 4 Coast Guard ships helping out.
  • The Indian Navy also has seven warships on the ground — 3 of which are keeping a watch on the eye of the storm.

The Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy are standing by to start rescue operations after Cyclone Fani made landfall in India today morning.

The Indian Coast Guard has 34 disaster relief teams on the ground and four Coast Guard ships trailing the seas to conduct relief operations in coordination with the states authorities in Odisha to deal with the fall out of what is being seen as one of the most severe cyclonic storms to hit the east coast.

One of the Indian Coast Guard's relief teams preparing for relief operations in OdishaTwitter/Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard)

The Indian Navy said it had three of its seven warships deployed for Cyclone Fani keeping watch on the eye of the storm.

The roll of being experienced by one of the ships deployed by Indian Navy to keep an on the seas as Cyclone Fani moves up India's east coastTwitter/Indian Navy (@indiannavy)

Seven fixed aircraft and seven helicopters are on stand-by as well. The Navy also has Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), divers, rubberised crafts and medical teams ready to go.

Another three naval ships — Sahyadri, Ranvi and Kadmatt — have been deployed off the coast of Odisha to launch rescue operations.

INS Sahyadri puts out to sea quietly to provide assistance as Cylone Fani reaches the Indian coastTwitter/Indian Navy (@indiannavy)

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also sent in 50 teams to prepare onground before hand, getting equipment in and training the volunteers.


NDRF Team assembles the new equipment and trains volunteer at Ganesharpur Cyclone Shelter, Balasore, OrissaTwitter/National Disaster Response Force (@NDRFHQ)

They were also seen evacuating the citizens from areas that are most prone to the effects of Cyclone Fani.

NDRF conducts door to door awareness and evacuation at Penthakata of Puri, OrissaTwitter/National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

Over 1 million people have been evacuated from Odisha while 800,000 people have been cleared out in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

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