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65 NDRF teams deployed amid ‘Yaas’ storm in Bay of Bengal; Cabinet Secretary chairs review meeting

Cyclonic storm. Photo: WikiImages/Pixabay

New Delhi, May 22 (MNN) The National Disaster Response Force has deployed/made available 65 teams whereas 20 more are on the standby as cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ looms large in the Bay of Bengal.

Rescue and relief teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard along with ships and aircraft have also been deployed.

This was conveyed to the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) at its meeting held here on Saturday to review the preparedness of central and state/UT governments and their agencies to deal with cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ in the Bay of Bengal.

Chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, the meeting was informed by the Director General of India Meteorological Department about the latest status of the cyclone predicted to reach West Bengal and adjoining northern Odisha coasts by May 26 evening, with wind speeds ranging from 155 to 165 kmph, and accompanied by heavy rainfall and storm surges in the coastal districts of these states.

The Chief Secretaries of the states concerned apprised the committee of the preparatory measures put in place to deal with the cyclonic storm.

Evacuation of people from low-lying areas was done and adequate stocks of food grains, drinking water and other essential supplies arranged, apart from preparations made to maintain essential services such as power, telecommunications etc.

Necessary arrangements were made to ensure uninterrupted functioning of hospitals and Covid Care Centres, along with ensuring generation and supply of oxygen to such facilities across the country.

Gauba stressed that all measures should be taken to minimise loss of life and destruction of property. He also emphasised early evacuation of people from areas likely to be affected by the cyclone and return of all vessels to the shores.

The Cabinet Secretary also said that arrangements be made to restore power, telecom and other important services after the cyclonic storm has passed.
He directed the agencies concerned to work in close co-ordination and extend all requisite assistance to the states/UTs.

Chief Secretaries and officers of West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar and Puducherry were among those present along with Secretaries of Ministries of Home, Power, Shipping, Telecom, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Civil Aviation, Fisheries, Railway Board Chairman, NDMA Member Secretary, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and Directors Generals of Coast Guard, National Disaster Response Force and IMD.

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