New Delhi, May 31: After Indian Navy Ship Sumitra which saved 27 Bangladeshi's from choppy seas off Chittagong, the second INS sailed from Vishakapatnam towards Bangladesh with relief materials. Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Wednesday informed that the Indian Navy is running two Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations as well.
Lanba said, "We are running two HADR operations, south of Sri Lanka and in morning we received a request from Bangladesh. The second ship has sailed with relief material for Bangladesh. We have the capacity to carry out HADR operations and our capacity is going to increase with time and both INS is capable of running HADR operations”. “We will cover wider Indian Ocean also, but there is a timeline to arrive at the place”, he added.
Previously in the morning, INS Sumitra is involved in a major Search and Rescue (SAR) operation 90 miles south of Bangladesh's Chittagong. INS rescued 27 people who were found adrift at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladesh’s Chittong city, includes of Ladies, children and elderly persons.
One man was found serious; his pulse and heartbeat could not be traced. Right now, he is admitted and on the ventilator. As yesterday severe cyclonic storm 'Mora' hit Chittagong, massive evacuation is underway in Bangladesh.
After northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal, the severe cyclonic storm MORA moved further north-northeastward with a speed of 28 kmph, and lay centered at 02:30 hrs IST yesterday.
According to Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, around 30,000 people have taken up refuge at the hundreds of storm shelters near the coast, as heavy rainfall is being reported in Chittagong.
Mora was based at on 385km south of Chittagong port and 305km south of Cox's Bazar port around 7 pm on Monday, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The Indian Navy on Monday had said that it has kept its Eastern Fleet boats at the most elevated amount of planning to extract help to Bangladesh if required.