On 22 July 2021, at around 1:30 pm, the IAF received a message for requirement of 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 not permit any 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. Recently Indian Air Force Rescues 5 Persons Trapped In Flash Floods In Jammu And Kashmir
Indian Air Force carrying out Flood Rescue Ops at Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.— SSBCrackExams (@SSBCrackExams) July 23, 2021
Mi17-1V of 121 Heptr Unit 🚁 fm Mumbai in action. Survivors evacuated.
2 🚁 positioned at Ratnagiri for Rescue Ops
NDRF team at Ratnagiri being airlifted to Mahmud, where landslides occurred. pic.twitter.com/86KF43uQkt