Stepping up efforts to help Nepal which was struck by severe earthquakes, the IAF is providing relief to the people in distress across Nepal including remote and inaccessible areas. The details of operations carried out so far are as under-
|Type of Aircraft||No. of sorties Carried Out||No. of Persons Evacuated||No. of Casualties Evacuated||No. of Persons Inducted||Total Tonnes of Weight Carried||No. of Persons De-Inducted|
|IL 76||17||—||—||422||49.90||921+07 Mortal Remains|
|Total||274||760||458||958||397.20||3209+07 Mortal Remains|
Today, critical requirements for Nepal were sent by two transport aircraft, first by an IL-76 which contained utensils, vegetables and a 21 member ‘Langar’ team, tents, water. Another C-17 aircraft with 56 tonnes of load containing tents and water was sent in the day. A third transport aircraft i.e, a C-17 is planned to leave in the night, which will carry tents and MRE (Meals Ready to Eat). Two more aircraft are planned tomorrow containing a ‘Langar’ team from Punjab Govt. and blankets.
Six IAF Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) are positioned at Kathmandu. Two MLHs are positioned at Pokahra. Helicopter sorties are scheduled to be carried out to Lukla, Dhading, Millanchi and Gorkha today. The most affected areas where casualty evacuation were carried in the past few days are Chautara, Charikot, Dhading, Melum, Lukla, Aroghat, Dhunche, Trishuli, Ramchap, Barpak, Narayan Chor, Namchi Bazar and Tatopani.
It would be pertinent to note that transport and helicopter aircraft are being utilised extensively for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. The Indian Air Force, after proving its mettle in bringing succor to scores of people after Yemen evacuation this month, Jammu & Kashmir in September last year, has once again risen to the occasion and added a pioneering chapter in Disaster Relief by bringing relief to the needy and evacuate them from earthquake hit areas in Nepal. The Indian Air Force reaffirms its commitment towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in support of the nation.