Cyclone Asani: Indian Air Force airlifts NDRF team to Andaman, Nicobar Islands, India – Reuters

In order to assist rescue and relief operations that may be required after the impact of Cyclone Asani, the Indian Air Force is airlifting the National Disaster Response Force team to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

A team of 126 NDRF members along with disaster relief supplies and equipment head for Port Blair aboard an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane. The plane carrying the team took off from India’s INS Rajali naval base in Tamil Nadu on Friday morning.

According to the NDRF, the team is equipped with flood rescue equipment, search and rescue equipment for collapsed structures and advanced communication equipment.

For any additional assistance, additional teams have also been kept on alert in Arakkonam, where INS Rajali is located.

The NDRF 24-hour control room is closely monitoring the developing situation and is liaising with NDRF headquarters and the respective administration to provide immediate assistance.

The first cyclone of 2022, dubbed “Asani”, is brewing in the southeastern Bay of Bengal and is expected to bring heavy rains to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Friday, India’s meteorological department said. According to forecasts, it looks like it won’t have much of an impact on the east coast.

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