Dibrugarh, May 23: As a measure of preparedness for approaching cyclone YAAS, the India Air Force today airlifted 21 tons of HADR equipment and 334 personnel of NDRF from Patna & Varanasi to Kolkata and from Arakkonam to Port Blair by a 5 C-130 aircraft. These operations are going on since 21 May. The IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57T load of NDRF for this purpose till today.
The cyclone is expected to make landfall on the West Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast on Wednesday, 26 May. According to an IAF release the IAF has kept 1 C-17, 1 IL-76, 3 C-130s, 4 An-32s, and 2 Dornier transport aircraft in readiness for the HADR task. Additionally, 11 Mi-17V5s, 2 Chetaks, 3 Cheetahs, 2 ALH Dhruvs, and 7 Mi17 helicopters are also on alert for any eventuality,