New Delhi, Jun 1 : Amid brewing up of Cyclone Nisarga in the Arabian Sea, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday discussed the situation with the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Administrator of Daman & Diu and assured them of all possible central assistance.
Interacting via video-conferencing with the Chief Ministers Vijay Rupani, Uddhav Thackeray and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Administrator Praful Patel, he assured them all Central help in view of the impending Cyclone and asked them to spell out in details the requirements and resources needed to deal with the situation. Earlier the day, in a meeting held at the North Block, Mr Shah also reviewed the preparedness with senior officials of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Management Force (NDRF), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Coast Guard in dealing with this cyclone which is expected to hit parts of north Maharashtra and south Gujarat on June 3.
During the meeting, the IMD informed that the well marked low pressure area over South-East and adjoining East-Central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area concentrated into a Depression and it is very likely to intensify into a Deep Depression during next 12 hours and intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm over East-central Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours. Meanwhile, NDRF has already deployed 13 teams in Gujarat including 2 kept as reserve and 16 in Maharashtra including 7 teams as reserve, while one team each was deployed for Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The NDRF has also been aiding the State Governments for evacuation of people from low lying coastal areas of both the States and Union Territory. (UNI)