On October 9, 2023, the Indian Air Force (IAF) resumed its crucial relief operations in response to the devastating floods in Sikkim. Operating from Air Force Station Bagdogra, Eastern Air Command, the IAF intensified efforts to aid the flood victims.
Earlier in the day, a Chinook Helicopter, laden with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, Search & Rescue equipment, fuel, medicine, and vital supplies for the Indian Army, successfully reached Sikkim. This strategic deployment underscores the IAF’s commitment to providing comprehensive support in times of crisis.
The IAF’s air assets were strategically deployed to transport stranded tourists to safer locations while also ensuring the efficient distribution of critical supplies across the state. Following an improvement in weather conditions at 0800hrs, the IAF executed a swift and efficient evacuation operation, relocating 217 tourists to safer locations within a remarkable span of five hours.
The relief operations extended beyond evacuations, encompassing the transportation of 5 tons of critical supplies. These provisions are earmarked for the Indian Army, NDRF, and the State Government, demonstrating the IAF’s multifaceted approach to disaster relief.
The Indian Air Force remains steadfast in its mission to serve and protect, embodying resilience, efficiency, and a commitment to the well-being of the affected communities.
(Source: CPRO, Defence Kolkata)