The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba met today to review the preparedness of Central and State Ministries/Agencies to deal with Cyclonic Storm ‘Tauktae’ in the Arabian Sea.
Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), briefed the committee about the latest status of the cyclone, which is expected to reach the Gujarat Coast in the morning of 18th May with wind speeds ranging from 150 to 160 km/hour speed accompanied by squally winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge in the coastal districts of the state.
Chief Secretaries of the concerned States apprised the Committee of the preparatory measures put in place to deal with the cyclonic storm. Adequate stocks of foodgrains, drinking water and other essential supplies have been arranged and preparations made to maintain essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, etc.
NDRF has deployed/made available 79 teams in these states and 22 additional teams are also kept in readiness. Rescue and relief teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard alongwith ships and aircrafts have also been deployed.Necessary arrangements have been made to ensure uninterrupted functioning of hospitals and Covid Care Centres, alongwith ensuring generation and supply of oxygen to Covid facilities across the country.
Reviewing the preparedness of the Central and State agencies, Shri Rajiv Gauba stressed that the all measures be taken to evacuate people in the areas affected by the cyclone so as to ensure zero loss of life and damage. Preparatory arrangements be made to restore power, telecom and other important services should be ensured. All steps are to be taken to avoid disruption of functioning of hospitals and Covid Centres and maintenance of regular supply of oxygen to them. He directed the concerned agencies to work in close co-ordination and extend all requisite assistance to the State Administrations.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretaries of the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well as Advisors to the Administrators of the Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. Secretaries of Ministries of Home, Power, Shipping, Telecom, Civil Aviation, Fisheries, Chairman Railway Board,Member Secretary NDMA, Chief IDS, DG NDRF, DG IMD also attended the meeting