The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has mobilized its assets in view of Cyclone Yaas (ANI)
NEW DELHI: A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression that will cross the West Bengal and Odisha coasts on May 26 as a “very severe cyclonic storm”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.
The depression is expected to intensify into cyclonic storm, “Yaas”, by May 24.
Here are the top 10 developments:
* The IMD has said that the depression will intensify into a very cyclonic storm and cross the coast of north Odisha and West Bengal between Paradeep and Sagar Island on Wednesday evening with wind speed gusting to 185 kmph.
* It is likely to cause very heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of West Bengal and north Odisha.
* The Met said the wind speed would be highly damaging and can be compared to that seen during the recent Cyclone Tauktae and last year’s Cyclone Amphan.
* Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for timely evacuation of those involved in off-shore activities as he chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness. He asked officials to work in close coordination with states to ensure safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas.
* He also asked officials to ensure proper coordination and planning with state governments to ensure that no disruption is caused to Covid-19 treatment and vaccination in hospitals.
* The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 46 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipments in West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for relief and rescue operation. In addition, 13 teams are being airlifted for deployment on Sunday.
* The Indian Air Force has also kept 11 transport aircraft and 25 helicopters ready to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
* NDRF chief S N Pradhan has urged authorities in Odisha and Bengal to adopt an “over-preparing” approach for the impending natural disaster, and carry out evacuation even in the least vulnerable places.
* The IMD has appealed to the fishermen who are out in the deep sea of eastcentral & adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal to return to the coast.
* Meanwhile, the petroleum & natural gas ministry has taken measures to secure all oil installations in the sea and to bring back their shipping vessels to safe harbour. The ministry of power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and other equipment for immediate restoration of electricity. The ministry of telecom is keeping all telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom networks.
(With inputs from PTI)