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Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Coast Guard on standby; fishermen warned from entering sea

The ICG has issued two videos in which the personnel informing the boatmen that the severe cyclone is coming in the sea. “Return to the harbour.” 

Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Coast Guard on standby; fishermen warned from entering sea-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published May 16, 2021, 6:27 PM IST
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New Delhi: Taking precautionary steps in the wake of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Coast Guard has cautioned the fishermen and locals not to venture towards the sea and also asked them to return to the nearest harbour. 

“#CycloneTauktae Pre-emptive measures in full swing for #Maharashtra & #Gujarat. Barring 18 boats from #Maharashtra and 01 boat from #Gujarat all boats have either returned harbour or taken shelter in nearby ports. Efforts in progress for safe return of these boats वयम रक्षाम,” the Indian Coast Guard said in a tweet. 

The ICG has issued two videos in which the personnel informing the boatmen that the severe cyclone is coming in the sea. “Return to the harbour.” 

As part of the preemptive measures, the Indian Coast Guard has also geared up its preparation towards the preventive and response measures on Western coast including Lakshadweep islands as well as the adjacent coastal state of Tamilnadu. 

“The massive deployment of ICG assets towards preventive measures for cyclone ‘Tauktae’ has translated into 37 shipdays and 75 aircraft hours at sea till date ensuring safe return of more than 5600 boats, alerting/ safe routeing of 335 merchant vessels and timely rescue of 06 personnel,” ICG PRO DIG Aniket Singh said. 

A total of 40 Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) with inflatable boats, Life buoys and lifejackets are standby all along the western coast for undertaking Disaster response operations. Medical teams & ambulances have also been kept standby for swift mobilisation, the PRO said.

On May 14, the ICG rescued three fishermen from Kannur after they went missing since May 9.

To deal with any situation, the Indian Air Force has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters on operation readiness in peninsular India in preparation for the Cyclone. 

Around 300 IAF personnel along with relief resources have been airlifted from different parts of the country to Gujarat. 

On Saturday, the Indian Navy's relief team from Southern Naval Command undertook rescue operations in the cyclone Tauktae affected area of Chellanam coast of Kerala.

Three naval diving teams and one Quick Reaction Team from the Southern Naval Command swung into action to provide assistance to flood-hit villages of Malaghapadi, Kampanipadi and Maruvakad in Chellanam.

The teams undertook the provisioning of food and water and shifting of people trapped in houses to the relief camp at the St Mary's High School in Chellanam in harsh weather conditions.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed preparations to deal with the cyclone. In the high-level meeting attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, state officials, central ministries, and other stakeholders, Prime Minister Modi stressed the need to ensure maintenance and restoration of all essential service like telecommunications, electricity, health, and drinking water.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 
 

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