The Indian Coast Guard and Navy today rushed into action a medical team along with equipment and materials using ships and aircraft, after a major fire was reported at the Puttingal Devi Temple in Kollam in the early hours. Southern Naval Command at Kochi is coordinating the effort.
Six Aircraft, including two Dornier fixed wing aircraft, two ALH helicopters and two Chetak helicopters and three Indian Navy ships namely INS Kabra, IN Kalpeni and IN Sunayna were earmarked for the requirement. Two ALH with a nine member medical team along with three doctors, paramedics, supplies and equipment was rushed to the scene at 1130 hrs. The helicopters landed at the Ashramam Ground, Kollam at 1200 hrs. One Dornier aircraft from Kochi was positioned at AF Station Trivandrum since noon. The rest of aircraft were stand by at Kochi foe any emergent need.
IN ships were sailed immediately from Kochi with 200 KGs of medical supplies and medical team. INS Kabra and Kalpeni reached alongside Kollam jetty at 1600 hrs while INS Sunayna is off Kollam awaiting instructions as per situation. The medical supplies have been handed over to the local administration. Ships have kept blood donors ready to meet emerging requirements of Blood.
A naval relief camp has been set up at Kollam to co-ordinate all relief activities by the Navy, which was visited by the Hon’ble CM of Kerala.
“Regular contact is being maintained with state officials. Ships as well as medical teams have been directed to remain at Kollam for rendering assistance,” states the official release.