PUNE, 23 JULY 2021: On 22 July 2021, at around 1:30 pm, the IAF received a message for rrequirementof flood relief operations in Chiplun and Khed towns of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. When the weather permitted, a Mi-17 IV helicopter got airborne from Mumbai for Ratnagiri at 3:40 pm and landed at Ratnagiri at 5 pm. Bad weather did notp permitany further operations in the evening.
Operations have resumed today with the helicopter deployed at Ratnagiri along
with another one flown in from Mumbai. An NDRF team of 10 personnel with approximately one-ton load has also been flown in by IAF to Ratnagiri.
Today, a helicopter from Ratnagiri got airborne at 11:35 am, carried out
reconnaissance and rescued two people before landing back at Ratnagiri. The IAF is
also positioning two Mi-17V5s and two Mi-17s for flood relief operations. Another
helicopter is standing by at Pune for any emergent requirement.