4 RSAF Chinook helicopters arrive to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief operations

The RSAF's Chinooks from the Peace Prairie detachment getting ready for their next tasking.
The RSAF's Chinooks from the Peace Prairie detachment getting ready for their next tasking. PHOTO: MINDEF
The Chinooks arriving on site to assist the Texas Army National Guard in disaster relief operations.
The Chinooks arriving on site to assist the Texas Army National Guard in disaster relief operations. PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - Four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinooks arrived on site at about 6.50am Singapore time on Thursday (Aug 31) to assist in the Texas Army National Guard's Hurricane Harvey disaster relief operations.

The services of the quartet of helicopters, based at the RSAF's Peace Prairie detachment in Texas, were offered to US President Donald Trump by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during their phone call on Tuesday.

Mindef said the Chinooks will contribute to the relief effort by transporting evacuees, as well as deliver equipment and supplies.

Some 34 RSAF personnel, comprising pilots, aircrew and engineers, have been deployed for the mission.

The RSAF's Peace Prairie detachment had previously worked together with the National Guard during relief efforts after 2005's Hurricane Katrina, fire-fighting and flood relief operations in Texas in 2000, as well as Hurricane Floyd relief operations in North Carolina in 1999.

 

Hurricane Harvey, already the biggest rainstorm in the history of the continental US, has left behind disastrous flooding and a mounting death toll reaching at least 22.

More than 1.2m of rain over four days had turned Houston - the country's fourth-largest city - into a sea of muddy brown water.


Barb Davis, 74. is helped to dry land after being rescued from her flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water in Houston, Texas, on Aug 28, 2017. PHOTO: AFP


People make their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water in Houston, Texas, on Aug 28, 2017. PHOTO: AFP


Volunteer and rescue officials wait to help residents to safety after they had to be rescued by boats from their homes after the area flooded in Houston, Texas, on Aug 29, 2017. PHOTO: NYTIMES

 

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