Cyclone storm Yaas: Deployed more than 100 NDRF teams in 5 states and 1 UT
DG NDRF S.N. Pradhan has said that more than 100 teams of NDRF are being deployed in 5 states and 1 UT, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Andaman & Nicobar Islands in view of Cyclone Yaas. Mr Pradhan said, teams are being airlifted from different parts of the country.
He said, focus is on zero casualty and evacuation of people without taking any chances. The Cyclone has developed into a deep depression likely to make landfall between Odisha and West Bengal coast on Wednesday.
In total 109 self-contained teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been committed for the coastal districts of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Andaman and Nicobar island after consultation with state authorities.
Among the total 109 teams, 32 teams have been deployed at the coastal districts of West Bengal and 10 more teams are being airlifted in addition to the 3 teams kept on in the state. For an effective response, 44 teams have been placed at coastal districts of Odisha whereas 8 teams are kept as immediate reserve at Mundali, Cuttack NDRF Base which may be used as situation demands.
Two teams are deployed in Tamil Nadu and one team is on at Arakkonam NDRF Battalion, 3 teams are deployed in Jharkhand and 2 teams are on standby in the state. Besides, 3 teams are deployed in Andhra Pradesh and one team is deployed at Andaman and Nicobar
Seeing the urgency of the situation, so far 48 NDRF teams have been airlifted from different locations and deployed in West Bengal and Odisha.
IMD has warned that the deep depression over East Central Bay of Bengal will get intensified into an Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ and very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow morning and further into a very severe cyclonic storm by subsequent hours. It is very likely to cross North Odisha – West Bengal coast between Paradip and Sagar Island around evening of 26th May.
NDRF teams are 24×7 constantly engaged with the State and District administration in evacuating people to safer places or cyclone shelters and sensitizing localities about the preventive measures.
NDRF Headquarters is closely monitoring developments and all efforts are being made to ensure zero casualty and minimum damage to life and property.