Tropical Cyclonic Storm ‘Yaas’ Prevention and response measures by ICG
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) ‘Yaas’ made landfall about 20 km south of Balasore on Odisha coast at about 1100 hrs on 26 May 21. The extensive pre-emptive measures undertaken by Indian Coast Guard towards the preventive and response measures on Eastern Seaboard and Andaman & Nicobar islands commencing as early as 19 May 21 at the first indications of deteriorating weather by IMD, bore fruits as no loss of life or property at sea was reported.
It may be recalled that as part of the cyclone preventive measures, ICG had already ensured safe return of 265 fishing boats which were out at sea. Further, as advised, ships at anchorage off Odisha and West Bengal coast had taken safe shelter and Single Point Mooring (SPM) operations were suspended. Nil reports of any damage or loss has been received from any merchant ships.
All the ashore, afloat and aviation units of Indian Coast Guard are maintaining a high state of readiness on the eastern seaboard for any response measures arising in the aftermath of the storm. Three ICG ships which were strategically positioned at sea beyond the dangerous swath of ‘Yaas’ for possible search and rescue missions are approaching close to Odisha and West Bengal coast from the rear of the storm for carrying out close to coast situational assessment while also sanitizing the area.
At the request of State government, ICG has deployed its Disaster Relief Teams (DRT) at Digha and Contai in West Bengal for assistance. Other ICG DRTs with inflatable boats, Life buoys and lifejackets are also standby across the states of West Bengal and Odisha and being deployed as per the requirement raised by State authorities. Medical teams & ambulances have also been kept standby for swift mobilization.
A close liaison and coordination with State administration, local authorities, Ports, Oil rig operators, Shipping, fisheries authorities, fishermen associations and other stakeholders is being maintained to ensure accounting/ safety of boats, vessels, fixed platforms and other assets at sea.