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Govt agencies gear up to meet challenges arising out of Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’

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Govt agencies gear up to meet challenges arising out of Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’; Landfall likley near Jakhau port in Gujarat’s Kutch on Thursday

The Government agencies have geared up to meet the challenges arising out of Cyclone ‘Biparjoy. The Cyclone is likely to make landfall near Jakhau port in Gujarat’s Kutch district on Thursday afternoon as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, Coastal districts of Gujarat are likely to receive heavy rain tomorrow and day after. Senior scientist in IMD RK Jenamani said, heavy to very heavy rain are expected over Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Rajkot, Morbi and Junagadh districts.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the preparedness of Ministries and Agencies under the Centre and Gujarat government to deal with the situation arising out of the impending Cyclone. Mr Modi directed officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people living in vulnerable locations are safely evacuated by the State government.

He also asked them to ensure the maintenance of all essential services including Power, Telecommunications, health and drinking water. He directed that all such services must be restored in case they are hampered.

The Union Home Ministry is also reviewing the situation 24×7 and is in touch with the State government and the Central Agencies concerned. The National Disaster Response Force has pre-positioned 12 teams, which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipment and others. It has kept 15 teams on standby.

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

Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard are also on standby.

The National Crisis Management Committee under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba also reviewed the preparedness.

The Chief Secretary of Gujarat apprised the Committee of the preparatory measures being taken to protect the population in the expected path of the cyclonic storm and measures being taken by the local administration.

Meanwhile, the Western Railway has cancelled 90 trips of various trains till 17th of this month due to the Cyclone. Most of the trains are short terminated or short originated at Ahmedabad or Rajkot. Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, Sumit Thakur said, they have has made various arrangements ahead of the cyclonic storm.

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