Cyclone Tauktae: Amit Shah reviews readiness with CMs from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Daman-Diu administrator | India News
NEW DELHI: Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah reviewed cyclone Tauktae preparedness on Sunday with top ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat and the UT administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, and asked them to ensure that the power supply to hospitals, Covid care facilities and cold storage chains of vaccines, or the supply of oxygen to critically ill patients.
At the meeting held via videoconference, Shah specifically expressed concern about the safety of health facilities that currently house several Covid patients, including those in the ICU requiring critical care. Shah directed the district administration to ensure that there is power backup at all times in hospitals, laboratories, vaccine cold chains and other medical facilities. He suggested that hospitals store all essential medicines and supplies in case the cyclone ends up disrupting vehicular movement.
Shah is said to have asked the two states and a UT to evacuate patients from health facilities that fall in the path of the cyclone, to avoid any loss of life or property. In the case of makeshift / makeshift hospitals operating close to oxygen generating plants, the advice of the Home Secretary was that patients could be transferred to empty beds in suitable hospitals and nearby ‘pucca’ facilities, as makeshift centers they were susceptible to damage due to strong winds.
The Interior Minister’s videoconference, which followed the Prime Minister’s review meeting. Narendra modi on Saturday, he assessed the likely impact of the cyclone on oxygen generating plants in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shah ordered the two states to make arrangements in advance to maintain a reserve stock of oxygen for 2 days and the movement of oxygen tanker trucks to the assigned states, so that in case of any disruption, the supply to the states assigned is not affected. He also sought security arrangements at power plants to ensure uninterrupted power supply to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Particularly concerned about the likely impact of the cyclone on the Gujarat industrial group, he called on the industry to also remain vigilant and speed up readiness.
Shah assured the states of all possible assistance from the Center and its agencies, including the deployment of central forces and NDRF teams. The NDRF has deployed 79 teams to the affected states so far, while another 22 teams remain ready.
On Sunday, the Interior Minister told Gujarat, Maharashtra and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu that the control room of the Interior Ministry was monitoring the situation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that it would organize and would facilitate any assistance they request. Directing the district collectors to make maximum use of government and private sector resources, he asked them to stay in contact with private industries on disaster management. The DCs were also asked to work closely with NGOs and civil society volunteers at the local level.
Meanwhile, Indian Coast Guard, the NavyArmy and Air Force units have also been put on hold, and surveillance planes and helicopters are conducting air raids.
The chief ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra assured that they would take all necessary measures, as advised by the Ministry of the Interior, a MHA statement said Sunday.
Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a parallel meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Sunday, attended by secretaries from the ministries of home, health and family welfare, energy and DPIIT; Member of the NDMA; DG of IM D and NDRF; Chief Secretaries of Gujarat and Maharashtra; Advisor to the administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli, and some collectors from the district.
Gauba emphasized that all measures must be taken to evacuate people in the areas affected by the cyclone, in order to guarantee zero loss of life and damage. Preparatory arrangements must be secured to restore power, telecommunications and other important services.
The chief secretaries of the states concerned informed the committee of the preparatory measures in place to deal with the cyclonic storm. Adequate stocks of food grains, clean water and other essential supplies have been organized and preparations have been made to maintain essential services such as energy, telecommunications, etc., they assured.