The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that Cyclone Yaas is likely to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and will be making its landfall in Odisha & West Bengal on May 26
Days after India’s Western Coast was hit by Cyclone Tauktae, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that Cyclone Yaas is likely to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and will be making its landfall in Odisha & West Bengal on May 26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday reviewing preparedness for the same.
Depression has formed over eastcentral BOB at 1130 IST.Itwould intensify further and cross north Odisha-West Bengal coast betweenParadeep and Sagar Island by 26th evening as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. For more detail : https://t.co/3Sf6JA45yn pic.twitter.com/ddqTzezLnC
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 23, 2021
The meeting was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, other senior government officials, representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Secretaries from Telecom, Power, Civil Aviation, Earth Sciences Ministries.
A statement from PMO’s office said “PM Modi directed senior officers to work in close co-ordination with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas. He also instructed all concerned departments to ensure timely evacuation of those involved in off-shore activities. He spoke about the need to ensure that time duration of outages of power supply and communication network are minimum and are restored swiftly,”
NDRF pre-positions 46 teams, 13 teams being airlifted today. Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations.
The Prime Minister has also asked officials to involve various stakeholders like coastal communities, industries, etc by directly reaching out to them and sensitizing them.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) – headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba – was held on Saturday to review preparedness for the cyclonic storm Yaas. The top bureaucrat of the country directed various agencies to ensure the safety of Covid-19 patients, hospitals and oxygen generation plants.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have also reviewed the preparedness for the Cyclone Yaas.
Soon after taking an aerial survey of Cyclone Tauktae-hit Gujarat, where 13 people were killed as the Cyclone ravaged parts of the state, PM Modi announced assistance of ₹ 1,000 crore for immediate relief work.
The IMD is issuing regular updates and bulletins regarding Cyclone Yaas through its Twitter handle.
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