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Centre holds meeting over impending cyclone in Bay of Bengal

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday held a meeting with the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the preparations for the impending cyclone over the Bay of Bengal.

In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the IMD has informed that a depression has developed over the Bay of Bengal, which is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm.

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“It is likely to cross Odisha and West Bengal coasts by May 20. Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by high-speed winds and tidal waves are expected,” the statement said.

During the meeting, officers of the concerned state governments confirmed their preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm.

“Further, the state governments have adequately warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea. Cyclone shelters have been readied and areas requiring evacuation of people have been identified,” it added.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), armed forces and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on alert. They are coordinating with state government authorities.

“They are prepositioning themselves adequately. The MHA is also in continuous touch with the state governments and concerned central agencies,” the ministry said.

The Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation and preparedness for rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as required, be provided.

Senior officials of the Ministries of Home, Defence as well as those from the IMD, NDMA and NDRF attended the meeting.

–IANS

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