Tropical Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ Prevention and response measures by ICG
Following the first indications of cyclone ‘Yaas’, as it is to be called once formed, in Andaman sea and the adjoining Southeast Arabian sea per IMD predictions, Indian Coast Guard geared up its preparation towards the preventive and response measures on Eastern seaboard and Andaman & Nicobar islands, as early as on 19 May 21 while concurrently continuing with the ongoing search and rescue operations on Western seaboard in the aftermath of cyclone “Tauktae”.
All the ashore, afloat and aviation units are on high alert and ICG ships and aircraft have been extensively deployed in Bay of Bengal as also the Andaman sea, broadcasting and alerting the fishing boats and merchant vessels about the impending cyclone warning so as to minimise its impact on precious lives and property at sea.
The ICG efforts towards preventive measures translated into a massive deployment of 16 ships and 03 aircraft per day on an average across the deep waters of Bay of Bengal as well as off the coast of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and A & N islands.
ICG Remote Operating Stations are incessantly relaying weather alert messages in vernacular languages on MMB radio for the seafarers and fishermen. Navtex warnings are being issued regularly and International safety Net (ISN) has been activated to alert the vessels in/ transiting through area. Ships at anchorage have also been advised to take shelter and Single Point Mooring (SPM) operators for necessary safety measures.
As part of these preventive measures, ICG has ensured safe return of 254 boats which were out at sea and alerted various merchant vessels in transit and 77 vessels at anchorage till todate.
Port authorities, Oil rig operators, Shipping, fisheries authorities and fishermen associations have also been informed about the impending cyclone for undertaking pre-emptive measures to avoid any damage.
In addition, 31 Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) with inflatable boats, Life buoys and lifejackets are standby all along the Eastern coast and A & N islands for undertaking Disaster response operations. Medical teams & ambulances have also been kept standby for swift mobilisation.
The pre-emptive measures by ICG continues with full steam and a close liaison and coordination with State administration, local authorities and other stakeholders is being maintained to ensure accounting/ safety of boats, vessels, fixed platforms and other assets at sea.‘We Protect’