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Secretaries of the Ministry of Telecom, Power, Civil Aviation and Earth-Science will also be present in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)
After Hurricane Tau Te, now the country is now facing the threat of cyclone Yas. The Meteorological Department has expressed the possibility of turning it into a very severe cyclonic storm. It may hit the shores of Odisha and West Bengal on 26 May. In view of this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with the officials and representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at 11 am on Sunday. During this time, they will review preparations to deal with the storm. Secretaries of Telecom, Power, Civil Aviation, Earth Science Ministry will also be present in the meeting.
May turn into a cyclonic storm on 24 May
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone Yas is likely to move north, northwest. It can turn into a cyclonic storm by 24 May and take the form of a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. It will reach the northern Bay of Bengal and adjoining northern Odisha and Bangladesh coasts near West Bengal on 26 May.
Bengal and Odisha are the worst affected
High alert has already been issued in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andaman-Nicobar regarding the storm. This will affect Bengal and Odisha the most. Heavy rains are expected over Andaman and Nicobar and some areas of the east coast. This can also pose a risk of flooding.
Teams and ambulances on standby, including Coastguard
The Coast Guard, Disaster Relief Team (DRTs), Inflatable Boats, Lifebuoys and Lifejackets, along with a team of doctors and ambulances are on standby. Port authorities, oil rig operators, shipping- fisheries authorities and fishermen associations have been informed about the cyclone.
Continuous weather monitoring
According to an ICG spokesperson, the weather in the Bay of Bengal is being continuously monitored. Alerts are being sent with the help of ICG Remote Operating Station (ROS) in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar islands.
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