With monsoon close to the coast of Maharashtra, Indian Navy has put in place arrangements to render assistance to the coastal states in general and Mumbaikars in particular.
“Armed Forces have undertaken preparations to meet any eventuality. The Indian Navy is prepared to render relief and assistance to meet contingencies arising out of the monsoon, both onshore and off-shore,” said a Ministry of Defence release.
The flood rescue teams with boats have been positioned at various locations within Mumbai. Specialised diving teams are based at Naval Dockyard (Mumbai). Fast interceptor crafts and Immediate Support Vessels provide Search and Rescue (SAR) cover within Mumbai Harbour. Helicopters are in readiness at INS Shikra and ships have been deployed off Mumbai coast, the release said.
The Joint Operation Centre (JOC), Mumbai operating under the Headquarters, Western Naval Command (HQWNC) also operates a Disaster Control Center for HQWNC and coordinates Naval SAR effort. JOC works in close liaison with Disaster Management Unit of MCGM (helpline number 1916) and State Disaster Management Authority, at Mantralaya through direct hotlines.
Indian Armed Forces will respond to any requirement projected by the MCGM or state government, the release added.