The Indian Air Force once again proved it mettle by responding immediately to the task of carrying out rescue and relief operations after incessant rains that affected Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Due to heavy continuous rains, water in large quantity entered the residential areas, affecting more than 5000 families.
A total of 25 sorties were flown towards the rescue and relief operations in which 5000 Kgs of load was air dropped and 25 stranded people were rescued. IAF helicopters operated in the marginal weather to drop relief material and rescue the affected people especially women, infants and senior citizens. The sorties were flown around Chennai, where low lying areas were completely submerged and around Tirupathi and Nellore areas in Andhra Pradesh.
Since the water has receded and the rains have stopped, flood relief operations by the IAF have been called off by the state authorities.