Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya, today interacted with the industry leaders on preparedness for Cyclone Yaas. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers of IMD, NDMA, Shipping, Railways, and various State Governments. The meeting was called following the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as was done on 16th of this month to check the preparedness for cyclone Taukate.
According to India Meteorological Department, the Depression over east central Bay of Bengal is very likely to move slowly north-north-westwards and intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm and reach Northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha and West Bengal coasts by 26th May morning. It is very likely to cross north Odisha – West Bengal coasts between Paradip and Sagar islands by evening of 26th May as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.
DG Shipping informed that they and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways have set up Control rooms, and advisories are being sent four times in a day. Steps are being taken as per the guidelines and SOPs.
Mandaviya said that meeting with the industry before the cyclone Taukate helped the authorities as well as the industry. Better awareness, availability of information and coordination helped in minimizing the losses and everyone was better prepared to handle the situation. He said this helped in taking preemptive steps, and also take post-cyclone relief, rescue and rehabilitation steps in an effective manner.
Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan were also present at the meeting today.
Sea News, May 24