1. Cyclone Mora: Indian Navy rescues 33 Bangladeshis adrift in the Bay of Bengal

Cyclone Mora: Indian Navy rescues 33 Bangladeshis adrift in the Bay of Bengal

Captain DK Sharma, the spokesperson of the Indian Navy, told PTI that INS Sumitra rescued the 27 people, who were adrift at sea around 100 miles away from Chittagong. The Indian Navy has also deployed its newly acquired P8-I as part of the rescue operations.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 6:56 PM
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The Indian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) INS Sumitra has rescued 33 Bangladeshi nationals off the Chittagong coast in Bangladesh. Captain DK Sharma, the spokesperson of the Indian Navy, told PTI that INS Sumitra rescued the 33 people, who were adrift at sea around 100 miles or 160 kilometers away from the coastal city. The Eastern Command of the Indian Navy has also deployed its newly acquired P8-I as part of the rescue operations, according to a PTI report.

Captain Sharma said, ”INS Sumitra operating in the Northern Bay of Bengal rescued 27 Bangladeshis who were found adrift at sea approximately 100 miles south of Chittagong. Women and children were among those rescued by the ship”. Sharma added that the Search And Rescue (SAR) operations were being hampered by the prevailing rough weather in the area.

Six people died as Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The authorities are trying to evacuate over half a million people from the areas affected by the cyclone. All flights to and from Chittagong and Cox Bazar, which are close to the area, where Cyclone Mora made landfall, have been suspended. As many as 2.5 million people risk falling in the way of the severe cyclonic storm, according to PTI.

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The Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lamba told ANI that the Navy had deployed one ship off the coast of Bangladesh and a second ship was sent from Visakhapatnam with relief material. The Navy Chief added that the Indian Navy was ready for all types of natural emergencies in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The Meteorological Department of Bangladesh has advised all fishing boats and trawlers to not venture out into the North Bay of Bengal and to remain in the shelter of harbours till further notice, according to the Indian Express.

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