With cyclone Tauktae likely to reach the Gujarat coast by Monday evening and make landfall by Tuesday early morning, Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday reviewed the preparedness of Gujarat and Maharashtra for the ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. Shah chaired a virtual review meeting which was attended by chief ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra as well as the administrator of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The development comes amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shah has ordered the state governments to make adequate power supply arrangements in all hospitals, laboratories, vaccine cold chains and medical facilities dealing with COVID-19.
With the movement of the vehicles also likely to be affected due to the cyclone, the Union minister directed adequate stocks of essential medicines and supplies in healthcare facilities. The states have been also instructed to ensure the safety of temporary hospitals set up near oxygen generating plants and shift the patients to safer alternatives if required.
He has also asked the state governments to maintain a buffer stock of oxygen for two days.
Safety of industrial clusters
Amit Shah said the areas in Gujarat that are likely to be affected because of the cyclone consist of industrial clusters. He said that the industries should remain alert and ensure safety.
He also asked the state governments to ensure the safety of power plants so that the supply to hospitals and other critical institutions is not affected.
24×7 control room
Amit Shah assured the states of all central support required by them to counter the impact and devastation of the cyclone. He said that that a 24×7 control room is functioning in MHA, which can be contacted at any time for any assistance by the states.
Notably, the Centre has kept the Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army and Air Force units on standby for immediate deployment of required, whereas surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial sorties.
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