New Delhi, May 2 (LocalWire): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting of various government departments here to review the preparedness for cyclone Fani and instructed the officials to step up preventive measures in the affected states, including Odisha.
The meeting was attended by the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the PM, additional principal secretary to the PM, home secretary and senior officials from IMD, NDRF, NDMA and the PMO.
The prime minister was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone, and the ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken. These include provision of adequate resources, deployment of rescue teams, safe drinking water, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services.
After reviewing the situation, PM Modi instructed the senior officials of the Union government to maintain close coordination with the officers of the affected states to ensure preventive measures, and also to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations as required.
On Thursday, the Puri district administration has warned people to keep away from the beach as cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in Puri district on May 3.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Fani will hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri on May 3, with wind speed of 175-185 kmph gusting up to 205 kmph.
Meanwhile, IG Coast Guard East Mr. Paramesh said the coast guard has tied up with NDRF and the state administration to provide immediate relief in the aftermath of cyclone Fani. He said coast guard ships and aircraft have been continuously patrolling the areas since April 25.
He said eight rescue teams; four each at Visakhapatnam and Chennai, as well as two ships are on standby for immediate mobilization post-cyclone. Chetak helicopters, each at Chennai and Visakhapatnam, are also kept ready to provide relief, he added.