Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reviewed the preparedness to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad that is expected to hit the coastal areas of northern Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. He directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that a low-pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad, which is likely to reach the coast of northern Andhra Pradesh and Odisha around the morning of 4 December, with the wind speed ranging up to 100 km/h.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked a total of 64 teams to tackle the situation arising out of the impending Cyclone Jawad.
Cyclone shelters have been readied and evacuation of people from the low-lying areas is being carried out. All actions have been taken to stock food grains, drinking water and other essential supplies.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired the second meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee to review the preparedness of ministries and agencies of the union and states to deal with the Cyclone Jawad.
Deep depression in the Bay of Bengal may intensify as Cyclone Jawad in the next 8-10 h. State administration has prepared its response measures for a possible landfall in Ganjam, Puri or Jagatsinghpur. The expected associated wind speed will be 80-100 km/h: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena.
A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into Cyclone Jawad, the IMD said today. The cyclonic storm may reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off the coast of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Saturday morning, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
The NDRF has kept aside 64 teams to tackle the situation arising out of the impending Cyclone Jawad that is expected to affect the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal this weekend.
Cyclone Jawad will reach the north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts tomorrow in the morning.
The IMD this morning said that a depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and was likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 h. The cyclone is expected to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha, parts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, the weather agency said yesterday.
As many as 65 ongoing trains were cancelled from the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh for 3 and 4 December, in the wake of Cyclone Jawad, said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, AK Tripathi.
With the IMD sounding an alert of a possible cyclone hitting the coastal area of Odisha on 4 December, the Regional Meteorological Centre on 30 November had asked fishermen out in the sea to return by 2 December morning. The state government instructed the district collectors to remain prepared to face any eventuality.
In neighbouring West Bengal, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea from 3 to 5 December. Keeping in view the IMD’s forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall due to the possible cyclone, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena has asked the district collectors to monitor the situation closely.
With the IMD forecast of a cyclonic storm reaching the Odisha coast on 4 December, the state government asked collectors of 13 districts the day before yesterday to prepare for evacuation. It has chalked out a disaster management strategy by requisitioning NDRF, ODRAF and fire department personnel for rescue and relief operations.
The forecast said that the low-pressure area in the south Andaman Sea would intensify into a depression and move towards the coast as a cyclonic storm on 4 December.
The Coast Guard has initiated extensive preemptive measures in the eastern coast keeping it in view.
The East Coast Railway said yesterday that it had cancelled the operation of 95 trains for three days from 2 December in the wake of predictions of Cyclone Jawad hitting the Odisha coast. As a precautionary measure for the safety of passengers, 95 mail and express trains originating from different places and passing through the region had been cancelled.
Union Ports and Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the preparedness to deal with the situation likely to arise due to Cyclone Jawad, with port chairmen and stakeholders of coastal areas of various states. According to an official statement, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is closely monitoring the developing situation and has urged all to stay alert and prepared.
The ministry has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. States have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as chemical and petrochemical units near the coast, it added.