Center assesses readiness for potential cyclone over Bay of Bengal

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) assessed the readiness of central ministries and agencies . It is expected to move West-Northwestwards, focus into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday evening .

New Delhi, December 6: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, met on Tuesday and assessed the readiness of central ministries and agencies, as well as StateUT governments, for a possible cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal.It is expected to move West-Northwestwards, focus into a cyclonic storm by Tuesday evening, and reach the South West Bay of Bengal off the North Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast In the next 48 hours, it will continue to travel West-Northwestwards in the direction of North Tamil Nadu-Puducherry and the adjoining South Andhra Pradesh coasts.Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and senior officials from Puducherry briefed the committee of preparatory steps being taken to ensure that the population is safe in the event of a cyclonic storm and the local authorities are taking steps.Fishermen are being warned not to venture out into the water and to return to a safe berth, and emergency services are being called upon.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed five squads to Tamil Nadu and three for Puducherry, as requested by the State government, and teams are being prepared as and when they require it.

In reviewing the stateUT and central authorities' readiness, Gauba said that the authorities concerned of stateUT governments and the central agencies concerned should take preventative and defensive steps.The ultimate aim should be to keep the number of deaths to 0 and to minimize injury to buildings and facilities such as water and telecom.In addition, it must be restored in the quickest possible time in the event of damage to this infrastructure.The cabinet secretary assured stateUT governments that all central departments were operational and would be available for assistance.

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