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PM Modi reviews Cyclone Yaas preparedness, oil installations at sea secured

Emphasising the need to ensure power supply and communication network are swiftly restored, the Prime Minister directed senior officials at the high-level meeting to coordinate with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas. 

PM Modi reviews Cyclone Yaas preparedness oil installations at sea secured-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published May 23, 2021, 2:39 PM IST
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Even as cyclone Yaas continues on its projected trajectory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assessed the preparedness of states and central agencies to tackle the weather phenomenon.

Emphasising the need to ensure power supply and communication network are swiftly restored, the Prime Minister directed senior officials at the high-level meeting to coordinate with states to ensure the safe evacuation of people from high-risk areas. 

He also instructed all concerned departments to ensure timely evacuation of those involved in off-shore activities. 

He also asked officials to ensure proper coordination and planning with state governments to ensure no disruptions in Covid treatment and vaccination in hospitals. 

As per the India Meteorological Department, Cyclone Yaas is expected to cross north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 26 evening with winds of up to 155- 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph. 

The cyclone is also projected to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts. The met department has warned of a storm surge of about 2-4m in coastal areas.

The prime minister directed officials that advisories and instructions on do's and dont's during the cyclone are made available in the local language to citizens of the affected districts. 

The National Disaster Relief Force has already deployed 46 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment in the states that are in the cyclone's path. Additionally, 13 teams are being airlifted for deployment, while ten teams have been kept on standby.

The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. The Indian Air Force and engineer task force units of the Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are also on standby for deployment. 

To avoid any tragedy like the one witnessed in the Arabian Sea after cyclone Tauktae wreaked havoc, the petroleum and natural gas ministry has secured all oil installations in the sea and is bringing back their shipping vessels to safe harbour. The shipping ministry, too, is securing all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels.

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