19/11/2018 to 19/11/2018


Category : National

Post 1 : HADR OPERATIONS BY IAF IN KERALA : Many parts of Northern Kerala are completely isolated by landslides and floods due to heavy rains. Kerala state government had requested IAF to provide urgent assistance in Wayanad for providing relief to the affected people. IAF had responded immediately to the crisis and is extending all possible assistance to the people affected by landslides and floods in Kerala through Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. Five An-32 transport aircraft were deployed to transport NDRF teams and their equipment from Arakkonam to Calicut on 09 Aug 18. In addition, two NDRF teams from Vijaywada and two team of Army Engineering Group from Bangalore & Hyderabad have beentransported to Calicut. Two Mi-17 V5 helicopter and one Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) has been pressed into service for distribution of relief material and winching operations. On 09 Aug 18, three persons were winched to safety by IAF helicopters and 300 Kg of relief material was dropped for flood affected people. These helicopters continue to be deployed for relief and rescue operations even now and are being tasked as requested by the state administration. The IAF will continue to provide HADR till the situation is normalized. #IAF #IndianAirForce #HADR #Rescue

Post 2 : Update on #KeralaFloodRelief : IAF C130J aircraft transported 9.0 tons of Relief material & Army personnel from Bhopla to Calicut on 16 Aug 18. Kerala flood relief Ops Continuing in full spirit. #OpMadad #SavingLives

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Post 3 : Precision, steadiness & professionalism of IAF Pilots seen here in saving precious lives during rescue operations in Kerala. #KeralaFloodRelief

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Post 4 : #KeralaFloodRelief :Wg Cdr Prasanth of Garud Spl Force of IAF save a toddler from the rooftop in flood hit town of Alappuzha, Kerala. Smile on the face of mother, Priceless. IAF committed in Defence of the Skies and Saving Precious Lives on Ground #SavingLives #kerelafloods

Post 5 : Update on #KeralaFloodRelief : The C-17 aircraft crew is working 24x7 to ensure continued support to Kerala. Today, 100 tons of food & medicines along with 5 tons of water was transported to Kerela. Also, 38 boats & NDRF personnel positioned for Ops. #SavingLives

Post 6 : #KeralaFloodRelief : C130J airlifts Medical team consisting of 96 medical doctors led by Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra from Mumbai to Trivandrum, 20 Aug 18. Medical & relief supplies were lifted along with medical team for flood hit areas of Kerala.

Post 7 : Update #KeralaFloodRelief : Indian Air Force undertook flood relief operations & provided food to the people affected by flood in Kerala. An-32 aircraft being loaded with supplies at Bangalore for Kochi & Trivandrum. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

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Post 8 : #KeralaFloodRelief : Glimpses of rescue & relief operations carried out by Indian Air Force to save precious lives in Kerala. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

Post 9 : Update #KeralaFloodRelief : All efforts are being made by IAF to coordinate with civil administration to move relief material rapidly into flood affected areas of Kerala. Relief material donated by Punjab Govt. being loaded in IAF C-130J at AFS Adampur for rapid transport to Kerala.

Post 10 : #KeralaFloodRelief : C-17 aircraft of Indian Air Force is being loaded at Air Force Station Halwara with relief material for flood affected people in Kerala. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

Post 11 : #KeralaFloodRelief : Medical supplies are being loaded at Air Force Station Hindon to provide first aid & medical treatment to the flood affected people in Kerala . #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

Post 12 : #KeralaFloodRelief : HADR OPERATIONS BY IAF IN KERALA- Many parts of Kerala continue to be affected by landslides and floods. Indian Air Force responded immediately to the crisis in extending all possible assistance to the residents of Kerala through Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. Concerted efforts were made by IAF in rescuing stranded people from the flooded areas. Ladies, children, elderly people and residents were winched from the rooftops of submerged houses to safety by IAF helicopters. Till date, IAF has rescued 663 people. IAF helicopters have also dropped food and water packets to the stranded people in the affected areas. Transport aircraft from all corners of the country have been flying day and night to ensure relief material is available in the relief camps. Since yesterday, water has started receding from the flood affected districts. Today, IAF reduced the rescue effort and has increased the relief operations. Till date 974 T of relief material has been airlifted to Kerala state. Medical teams from Southern Air Command and Training Command have been deployed at various places to provide medical assistance. In addition, No 1 Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) has been airlifted from Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru to Thiruvanathapuram to assist in the medical relief efforts to the residents of Kerala. RAMT has the capability to provide both medical and surgical emergency medical care. Additionally, 119 Doctors with 63 T of medicine and equipment has been airlifted to Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram for further positioning at various medical camps.

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Post 13 : #KeralaFloodRelief: Indian Air Force Medical Team is on the way to provide medical support to flood affected residents of remote areas of Tiruvalla & Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala on 21 Aug 18. #KerelaFloods

Post 14 : #KeralaFloodRelief : Relief materials from Lucknow, for the flood affected victims in Kerala are being offloaded from IL-76 aircraft of Indian Air Force at Trivandrum. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

Post 15 : Update #KeralaFloodRelief: Indian Air Force has deployed a mobile hospital to provide Medical support to the flood affected victims at Chetankery, Kerala.

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Post 16 : Update #KeralaFloodRelief: The No 01 Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) of Indian Air Force attended patients who have been affected by flood in Kerala, today. Team went to nearby villages wading through water. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

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Post 17 : #KeralaFloodRelief: Till date Indian Air Force doctors and medical assistants have provided medical assistance to around 2500 patients at various camps in the flood affected areas in Kerala. #SavingLives #KeralaFloods

Post 18 : Today, Air Mshl B Suresh, AOC-in-C Southern Air Command handed over a cheque of rupees 20 Crore to the Chief Minister of Kerala. This is the contribution of IAF personnel to CM Distress Relief Fund. #KeralaFloodRelief

Post 19 : MEDICAL ENDEAVOUR OF THE IAF DURING OPS KARUNA: #KeralaFloodRelief - God's own country was deluged by the fury of nature delivered through incessant rain and unprecedented flooding. Thousands of people were rendered homeless and a large swath of land was left inundated. Mother nature held nothing back and landed its most vicious punch with merciless ferocity to make people suffer unspeakable misery. The IAF launched its rescue and relief operation with full force the moment help was sought by the Kerala state Govt. On 18 Aug 18, two mobile medical teams were inserted into medical relief operations and they were followed by eight more medical teams within next two days. These ten mobile medical teams were deployed in some of the most devastated parts of the state. Nine medical assistants, who were on leave in their hometowns across Kerala, voluntarily joined the medical relief efforts at a time when their own families were reeling under the impact of natural calamity of gigantic proportion. This act of service beyond the call of duty was one of many incredible deeds of loyalty, courage and dedication to noble profession, carried out by members of medical teams of the IAF that were deployed across Kerala in its worst hour.

The availability of volunteer medical assistants ensured that each of the mobile medical teams had a Malayalam speaking person and this neutralised the linguistic barrier and extended outreach to the people who knew no language other than their mother tongue. These medical teams waded through stagnant water, walked through tall grass and jungles infested with dangerous animals, travelled on boats through streets turned into rivers and villages transformed into lakes, and worked under the gloomy sky which stubbornly refused to relent. Patients were treated in their homes, on roof tops, on boats, in temples and churches or any places where these medical teams could pitch themselves even for a brief period.

The worst affected people were the aged and children who were not only deprived of nutrition but also many had not had their prescribed medication for chronic illness like bronchial asthma, IHD, hypertension, diabetes etc. A large number of people were carrying various kinds of infections that required immediate medical intervention. The mobile teams conducted adhoc OPDs, took care of sick and provided all the medicines required by them including the prophylactic medicine to prevent diseases associated with flooding and stagnated water. These mobile medical teams not only provided medical relief but also the emotional succour to people left stunned by the wrath of nature. Some medical teams also had lady doctors to ensure that the female patients feel at ease while discussing their medical problems.

On 22 Aug 18, No.1 Rapid Action Medical Team (1 RAMT) from Command Hospital, Bengaluru was flown into the thick of on-going medical effort to expand the scope of medical relief in Op Karuna. The team was deployed at Chethankery near Thiruvalla and had set up 10 bedded hospital in a community hall. This team has a medical specialist, two medical officers and is well equipped to provide routine and emergency medical care.

On 24 Aug 18, the IAF inducted No.3 Rapid Action Medical team (3 RAMT) from AF Station Hindon, into Op Karuna to further augment the medical relief effort. 3 RAMT has a surgical team, a Paediatrician and two other doctors. It is equipped with a mini laboratory, operation theatre and other major medical equipments to provide life saving medical care. Initially 3 RAMT established a 10 bedded hospital at Alappuzha. Subsequently, on 31 Aug, it was relocated to Ramankery, Kuttanad. Both these RAMTs provided life saving treatment to a large number of patients in flood ravaged regions.

The ten mobile teams and 1 RAMT were gradually withdrawn by 30 Aug 18. However 3 RAMT continued to provide medical care till 14 Sep 18 when it was finally withdrawn on the advice of state Govt. All these medical teams together provided treatment to over 7300 patients during their medical relief operations in flood affected parts of Kerala. This enormous humanitarian effort was deeply appreciated by the people of Kerala and also the State Govt. The commendable professionalism and commitment displayed by the medical personnel under trying circumstances found several worthy mentions in local media.

Op Karuna was a massive HADR (Humanitarian Assisted Disaster Relief) mission. The enormity of this overwhelming natural catastrophe tested not only the professional skills & conduct of the medical personnel to the core, but also the endurance, the commitment and the courage of conviction that we can do it. The IAF came out on top of what it had set out to achieve during the mission, and the success of this endeavour under difficult circumstances is a living tribute to the medical personnel of the IAF for their excellent professionalism, outstanding preparedness and inspirational leadership. #IAF #KeralaFlood #OpsKaruna #HADR #RescueAndRelief #PeopleFirstMissionAlways