New Delhi, May 19: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday evening reviewed the preparedness of States and Central Ministries and Agencies to deal with the Super Cyclonic Storm ''Amphan'' in National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting for the second consecutive day. Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan will make land fall on West Bengal coast in the afternoon or evening May 20.
During the meeting, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the Super Cyclone is expected to reach the West Bengal coast by the afternoon or evening of May 20 with wind speeds ranging up to 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, causing heavy rainfall, accompanied by squally winds and storm surges, in the coastal districts of the State. The storm is likely to impact the coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore in Odisha and East Medinipur, South & North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata in West Bengal.
Officers of concerned State Governments apprised the NCMC of preparatory measures taken by them. They also assured that adequate stocks of food grains, drinking water and other essential supplies and services were available with them. Mt Gauba directed State Government of West Bengal and Odisha to take all preventive actions including timely evacuation of people from the areas likely to be affected and to set up 24X7 Control Room,provision of adequate food items and preparations for timely restoration of essential services such as power and telecom as the Super Cyclone is of high intensity.
He also assured of any assistance is required from the Central Government, the same will be provided immediately. The disaster management specialist force NDRF has deployed 26 teams in Odisha and West Bengal and additionally teams are enroute to these States. The teams are equipped with boats, tree cutters, telecom equipment.
“Rescue and relief teams of the Army and Navy along with ships and air crafts of the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have been put on standby," the Defence Ministry representative informed.(UNI)