23 Sep :Responding to the request of the Government of Orissa, five comprehensive Diving Teams with all technical support elements from the Eastern Naval Command have been pressed into action for rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas along the Mahanadi River.
The Diving Teams along with inflatable rubberized boats with out board motors, rescue equipment and medical supplies left for Bhubaneswar on 22 Sep 08. They will join two teams of INS Chilka already deployed in the affected areas, in assisting the Special Relief Commissioner in the rescue and relief operations underway. A total of 37 divers have been put into the rescue relief measure. Additional support manpower has also been mobilised.