BAF by the side of SIDR (Cyclone) affected people.
Cyclone SIDR, Category IV, hit Bangladesh on the evening of 15 November. Approximately 30 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts were affected by the storm mainly within the administrative divisions of Barisal and Khulna. The storm caused extensive damage to the southern districts as it moved north across central Bangladesh. Bangladesh Air Force started its relief activities in remote cyclone affected areas using its helicopters and aircraft just after the cyclone. Around 2500 BAF personnel, directly or indirectly participated in the post SIDR relief activities. Chief of Air Staff, BAF personally observed the affected situation and participated in the relief distribution.
During the crisis, Cyclone Monitoring Cells were established in Air Headquarters and different BAF Bases to coordinate relief operation with Armed Forces Division. For efficient relief operation and evacuation, BAF prepared four helipads and planned proper management of Barisal airfield. Along with this, BAF also established an Air Operation Centre at Barisal airfield.
All BAF members donated their one day’s salary and one day’s ration equivalent and also collected clothes for relief. The BAF aircraft also carried the VIP and VVIP passengers to and from the affected area. BAF deployed three transport aircraft and eighteen helicopters for relief operation. These aircraft and helicopters flew total 229 sorties for total 440 hours to carry 6,80,020 kg relief materials. Bangladesh Air Force has been carrying out relief, rescue and rehabilitation activities alongside the civil administration in all national crises. BAF also gave required logistic support to US helicopters, which further helped to increase the relief operation.
Due to cyclone hit, while land and water transportation services are difficult, BAF volunteered with her helicopters to help the victims. The Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air force personnel also participated in parallel with the civil administration in the rescue and relief operations of the cyclone victims.