PM Modi to review preparedness to deal with Cyclone Tauktae

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a crucial meeting on Saturday evening to review the preparedness of various Ministries and agencies to deal with impending Cyclone Tauktae, sources in the Government said.

Union Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, officials from the National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will attend the meeting, the sources further said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said on Friday that the depression in the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” on May 17 and cross the Gujarat coast on a day later.

It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 6 hours and into a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ during the subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to move north northwestwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18 afternoon/evening.

Over 50 teams of the NDRF have been deployed in five states – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra for evacuation, relief and rescue operation. The respective states have also stationed the SDRF teams at coastal parts in States whereas Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guards have been out on alert.

Red and orange alerts have been sounded in various parts. Low-lying areas of the Islands of Lakshadweep are likely to get flooded.