27 May 2024

Cyclone REMAL To Complete Landfall By 1.00 AM May 27; PM Modi Reviews Preparedness; Coast Guard, Navy Teams Ready

The landfall process of cyclone REMAL is continuing. The forward section of the storm has reached inland. Heavy rains have commenced over Delta region. Besides NDRF, Indian Coast Guard and Navy teams have been deployed for rescue efforts.

Kolkata is witnessing strong gusty winds of about 60 kmh. The city has recorded 14mm of rainfall till 8.30 p.m. Wind speed and intensity of rainfall will increase. Landfall process will complete by 0100 hr, on 27th May and the entire cloud mass will enter over land. 

The storm is moving with a speed pf about 15 kmh and cross coast as severe cyclonic storm. Surface winds in excess of 100 kmph are expected to lash the area. Strong winds coupled with torrential rains have the potential of damaging dimensions. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the preparedness for cyclone “Remal” over North Bay of Bengal at his residence.

As per IMD forecasts, the cyclonic storm is likely to cause rainfall in West Bengal and Northeastern States.

One lakh people are being moved to safer places

Prime Minister was briefed that the National Crisis Management Committee is in regular touch with the Government of West Bengal. All fishermen have been advised not to venture into South Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Around one lakh people are being moved to safer places. IMD is also extending information support to Bangladesh with regular updates.

PM Modi said that the Government of India has extended full support to the State Government and must continue to do so. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs should monitor the situation and take a review after the landfall of the cyclone in order to extend necessary assistance for restoration. 

Indian Coast Guard to deploy its assets for any emergency

Prime Minister has instructed that apart from 12 NDRF teams that have already been deployed in West Bengal and one in Odisha, more teams be kept on standby which can move within one hour. The Indian Coast Guard to deploy its assets for any emergency. He said the Ports, Railways and Highways be kept on high vigil to avoid any untoward incidents.

The Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF, DG, IMD and Member Secretary, NDMA were also present.

"Steps have been taken to ensure the safety of fishermen in cyclone-affected areas," the Indian Coast Guard posted on social media platform X. ,

"According to the latest weather updates, the cyclone may intensify late at night. Court guard ships and aircraft have been kept ready."

Indian Navy has initiated preparatory actions

The Indian Navy has initiated preparatory actions, following existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to mount a credible Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal. The situation is being closely monitored at Naval Headquarters, with comprehensive preparatory actions being undertaken by the Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command.

Navy has readied two ships

The Indian Navy has readied two ships equipped with HADR and medical supplies for immediate deployment to ensure the safety and welfare of the affected populace. Additionally, Indian Naval aviation assets, including Sea King and Chetak helicopters as well as Dornier aircrafts, are on standby for rapid response.

Specialised diving teams stationed in Kolkata

Specialised diving teams with equipment have been stationed in Kolkata to provide prompt assistance. Further diving teams with necessary equipment are on standby in Visakhapatnam, prepared for quick deployment if needed. Two Flood Relief Teams (FRTs), along with HADR and medical supplies, are being positioned in Kolkata. In addition, two FRTs each from Visakhapatnam and Chilka are ready and on standby for deployment at short notice.

The Indian Navy remains vigilant and is closely monitoring the evolving situation to provide immediate and effective assistance in the wake of Cyclone Remal.

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