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National Crisis Management Committee Reviews Preparedness for Impending Cyclone

New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) convened today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to assess preparedness for an impending cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal.

The Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) provided an update on the current status of the depression forming over the central Bay of Bengal. Situated approximately 800 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and 810 km south of Canning (West Bengal), the depression is projected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by the night of May 25th. Subsequently, it is expected to veer northeastwards and make landfall between Sagar Island and Khepupara around midnight on May 26th, with wind speeds reaching 110-120 kmph and gusts up to 130 kmph.

The Chief Secretary of West Bengal briefed the committee on the preparatory measures undertaken by the state to safeguard the population in the anticipated path of the cyclone. Protective measures include advising fishermen to stay ashore, activating district control rooms, and ensuring the availability of shelters, power supply, medicine, and emergency services.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 12 teams with an additional 5 on standby, while rescue and relief teams from the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard, along with ships and aircraft, stand ready for deployment. The Ministry of Power has also mobilized emergency teams for immediate power restoration.

Emphasizing a proactive approach to minimize loss of life and property damage, the Cabinet Secretary underscored the importance of timely evacuation of vulnerable populations and the recall of fishermen from sea. Additionally, he urged the review of large hoardings in areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.

Assuring full support, the Cabinet Secretary affirmed that all central agencies are on high alert and prepared to assist the Government of West Bengal in mitigating the impact of the cyclone.

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