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PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone Yaas

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With cyclone Yaas all set to wreak havoc along India’s east coast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a review meeting to ascertain the preparedness of central and state agencies and departments that will carry out evacuation, rescue and relief operations.

During the meeting, PM Modi directed senior officers to work in close coordination 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.

The prime minister also reiterated the need to ensure that power and communication outages are restored in the minimum possible time.

Preparedness for cyclone Yaas

As IMD has predicted that the cyclone will carry wind speeds ranging from 155-165 km per hour gusting to 185 km per hour, NDRF has pre-positioned 46 teams that are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment, etc. in 5 states. In addition, 13 teams are being airlifted today for deployment, whereas 10 teams have been kept on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and engineering task force units of the Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Seven ships with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief units are on standby.

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After the ONGC incident off the coast of Mumbai, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has taken measures to secure oil installations in the sea and to bring back their shipping vessels to safe harbour.

Cyclone Yaas

As per the latest bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Yaas is currently lying as a depression over east-central Bay of Bengal about 560 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 590 km east-southeast of Paradip, 690 km south-southeast of Balasore and 670 km south-southeast of Digha.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24 morning and further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It would continue to move north-northwestwards, intensify further and reach the northwest Bay of Bengal near West Bengal and north Odisha coasts by May 26 morning. It is very likely to cross north Odisha-West Bengal between Paradip and Sagar Islands by the evening of May 26 as a very severe cyclonic storm.

 

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