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NCMC reviews readiness for Yaas; special attention to the safety of the health facilities of Covid | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met on Saturday to review preparation for the impending Cyclone Yaas in the Bay of Bengal, with the country’s top bureaucrat leading various agencies to ensure the safety of Covid -19 patients, hospitals and oxygen generation plants.
According to a statement issued by the Union Ministry of the Interior, the meeting was informed by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone is expected to reach West Bengal and the contiguous northern coasts of Odisha on the night of May 26 with wind speeds ranging between 155 and 155ºC. 165 km per hour, accompanied by heavy rain and storm surge in the coastal districts.
“In reviewing the preparedness of central and state agencies, Gauba emphasized that all measures must be taken in a timely manner to minimize loss of life and destruction of property.”
“He emphasized early evacuation of people from areas likely to be affected by the cyclone, along with ensuring the return of all boats / vessels to shore, so that there is no loss of life,” the statement said. .
With the Covid-19 pandemic still in the country, the cabinet secretary had a special word for the maintenance and protection of health facilities in this context.
“Gauba also stressed that the safety of patients infected with COVID-19 is guaranteed and the interruption of the operation of Covid hospitals and centers is avoided,” the statement said.
“He also recommended that measures should be taken to maintain the generation and movement of oxygen from the areas affected by the cyclone to other parts of the country,” he said.
The meeting was informed that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has allocated a total of 85 teams for deployment in the affected states.
Of these, 20 will be on standby at its various bases in the country for rapid air transportation.
“Rescue and relief teams from the army, navy and coast guard have also been deployed, along with ships and aircraft,” the statement said.
The chief secretaries of the participating states informed the meeting that “preparatory measures have been put in place to deal with the cyclonic storm.”
“The evacuation of people from the low-lying areas is under way. Adequate stocks of cereals, clean water and other essential supplies have been made available and preparations have been made to maintain essential services such as energy, telecommunications, etc.,” he said.
“Arrangements are also being made to ensure the uninterrupted operation of Covid hospitals and care centers, in addition to ensuring the generation and supply of oxygen to Covid facilities across the country,” the meeting was said at the meeting. .
Gauba called on all relevant central and state government agencies to “work in close coordination” and provide all necessary assistance to affected states and union territories.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretaries and officials from West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.
Secretaries of central ministries and departments such as interior affairs, energy, maritime transport, telecommunications, oil, civil aviation, fisheries, president of the railway board, secretary member of the National Disaster Management Authority, head of the integrated defense staff and Directors General of the Coast Guard. , NDRF and IMD also attended the meeting, the statement said.

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