Highlights:

  • PM Modi chaired a crucial meeting, to exchange views on cyclone related situations in the country
  • The cyclonic storm is expected to affect some districts of Andhra Pradesh and the coastal district of Odisha
  • The IMD has also issued a red alert in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a crucial meeting, to exchange views on cyclone-related situations in the country. The meeting takes place in view of an impending cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.

According to reports, the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into cyclonic storm Jawad by December 3. It is likely to cross the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by the morning of December 4, with an estimated wind speed ranging from 90kmph to 100 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and tidal waves in the coastal districts of these states.

The cyclonic storm is expected to affect the districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and the coastal district of Odisha. It might also bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal areas and Gangetic parts of West Bengal. The sea conditions are anticipated to be very rough with squally winds attaining a speed of 45 to 55kmph, gusting to 65 kmph on December 3.

The weather department informed that the wind speed is likely to attain 80 kmph gusting to 90 kmph on December 4 morning. On Wednesday, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba conducted a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to assess the preparedness of central ministries and agencies ahead of the landfall of the cyclone.

Rajiv Gauba further stressed that fishermen and all vessels at sea must be called back immediately and noted that people who might get affected by the cyclonic storm should be evacuated at the earliest. Mrutunjay Mohapatra, who is the Director-General of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) gave a presentation at the meeting where he provided details about the current status of the cyclone and its expected path of movement.

The IMD has also issued a red alert in the Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha. An orange alert has been given in Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khurda, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Koraput districts for December 4 after the cyclonic storm arrives near the coast. Furthermore, it issued a yellow alert in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Malkangiri districts on the same day.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has employed 32 teams in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. Additional teams are also kept prepared. The Army and the Navy are also prepared together with their ships and aircraft. The Coast Guard has also introduced extensive pre-emptive measures in the eastern coast considering the approaching cyclonic storm. Reportedly, the Coast Guard Disaster Relief Team (DRTS) with inflatable boats, lifebuoys and life jackets are also kept on standby for disaster response operation.

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