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IAF prepares for cyclone Yaas, keeps 11 transport aircraft on standby

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has kept its 11-transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations as part of the preparation to deal with Cyclone Yaas, officials said on Sunday. 

The IAF airlifted 21 tons of relief materials and 334 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to Kolkata and Port Blair from three different places on Sunday as the government initiated a host of measures to handle the cyclone that is brewing in the Bay of Bengal, they said. 

The officials informed that the relief materials, equipment, and manpower were airlifted from Patna, Varanasi, and Arakkonam in five C-130 aircraft. 

“This is in preparation for the approaching Cyclone Yaas and the operations are ongoing since May 21. To date, the IAF has airlifted 606 personnel and 57 tons of load for this purpose,” an official said. 

Additionally, around 25 helicopters, including 11 Mi-17 V5, two Chetaks, three Cheetahs, and seven Mi-17 helicopters, are kept on standby for any situation that arises, they said. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the cyclone is expected to cross the West Bengal and north Odisha coasts by May 26 evening with a wind speed ranging 155-165 Kmph and gusting to 185 Kmph. 

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