Navy on high alert as cyclone Fani intensifies

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Visakhapatnam: The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is on high alert for necessary humanitarian assistance as Fani intensifies, a Navy spokesperson said on Tuesday.

As it has intensified into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ over the south-east and adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal, Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are kept on stand-by to proceed to the most affected areas.

The Navy spokesperson said the ENC is to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR) along with  evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid.

These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tents, clothes, medicines and blankets.

The spokesperson added that Naval aircraft are also on stand-by at the Naval Air Stations INS Rajali at Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu and INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded if required.

The ENC is closely monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal.

The Flag Officer Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) and Naval Officers-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective state administrations in this connection.

The severe cyclonic storm, Fani, was about 770 km east-south-east of Chennai on Monday evening.

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