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Cyclone Yaas: Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviews preparedness at high level meeting

 "Ensure electricity backup in hospitals with ICU for uninterrupted ventilator function/oxygen supply", Amit Shah said.

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Bengaluru, First Published May 24, 2021, 4:51 PM IST
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Union Home Minister, Amit Shah held a review meeting, through video conferencing on Monday with the Chief Ministers of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and the Lt. Governor of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, to assess their preparedness and that of Central Ministries and agencies concerned, to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone ‘Yaas’, which is forming in the Bay of Bengal.

"Ensure electricity backup in hospitals with ICU for uninterrupted ventilator function/oxygen supply", Amit Shah said.

Safety of around 2 dozen oxygen plants along the eastern coast, which supply oxygen to other states as well, should be a priority, he added.

Amit Shah offered all possible reinforcements from the Centre as required by the states, including Armed Forces and paramilitary personnel, NDRF teams with all rescue and relief equipment.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with senior government officials to review the preparations for the approaching Cyclone Yaas.

The governments of Bengal and Odisha are on high alert for the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas heading their way from the Bay of Bengal and likely to make landfall late on Wednesday.

Yaas is expected to be about as intense as Cyclone Tauktae which slammed into the west coast last week but tamer than Cyclone Amphan which hit Bengal exactly one year ago and for about three devastating minutes sustained wind speeds of 240 kmph. At least 80 people lost their lives.

The Armed Forces also have commenced preparations to mitigate the impact of the anticipated disaster by airlifting 950 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel across the country, with 26 helicopters in standby for immediate deployment.

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