Army has been requisitioned by the state government and a total of 10 columns have been deployed in the coastal areas of Jamnagar, Gir, Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar & Somnath, Morbi, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Amreli. All columns were placed at respective district headquarters at 12 pm on Wednesday.
Army has allotted 24 columns on standby and is ready to carry out any rescue and relief operations. Each column has a strength of about 70 persons from infantry/artillery, signal, engineers and Army Medical Corps.
Army Column is a self-sustainable rescue team with its inherent medical team and it encompasses various engineer stores including inflatable boats to be deployed at various places depending on the location which is directed by the central control room monitoring the flood relief during an emergency. State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) has given formal requisition for the Army to take over responsibilities for any eventualities.
Meanwhile, South Western Air Command headquarters has proactively enhanced its preparedness to meet any contingencies which may occur due to cyclone Vayu. Medium Lift Helicopters and Light Utility helicopters have been positioned at nodal points in Gujarat. These helicopters are equipped to undertake disaster relief operations. Highly mobile deployable Radar has been placed at a high state of readiness at Gandhinagar. The radar along with its own satellite communication system can be deployed at a remote location for channelising helicopter operations towards relief and evacuation as well as establishing communication with control centres. Mobile communication vehicles have also been positioned at nodal points Communication support groups have also been formulated at air bases in Gujarat to handle potential contingencies.
The ship and aircraft of this region have been dispersed at various places to enable search and rescue readiness post-landfall of the cyclone. We have positioned our aircraft at Daman and Ahmadabad and ships at Mundra, Okha and Jakhau. A ship from the western region has also been diverted to North West Region for post-cyclone landfall for providing search and rescue requirement and other emergency developing at sea off the Saurashtra and Kutch region.
The ships and aircraft are being manned round the clock and kept on immediate notice for motoring for any emergent situation. The ships and aircraft have been directed to be prepared for any oil spill response by the merchant ship in the region.
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