CYCLONIC STORM VAYU: NDRF ON ALERTS, PRE-POSITIONED ITS TEAMS AT VULNERABLE LOCATIONS
Date 11/ 06/2019 Time: 1500 Hrs
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on high alert and activated to face any eventuality that may arise due to Cyclonic Storm “Vayu”, formed over the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep and likely to strengthen in to a severe cyclonic storm by Wednesday while heading north northwestward towards Gujarat. Orange alerted cyclonic storm is expected to bring widespread rain all along India’s western coast, as per IMD.
NDRF is closely monitoring the development. The Force has mobilized its resources to assist the local administration in case of any adverse situation. As of now, 36 teams have been mobilized by NDRF for pre-positioning in the vulnerable locations of Gujarat & Daman & Diu in consultation with State/UT Government. 34 teams are being pre-positioned at Morbi, Rajkot, Dwarka, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagarh, Jamnagar, Gandhi Nagar, Kutch, Vadodara & Ahmedabad districts in Gujarat while 02 teams in Diu for prompt response.
06 teams are being airlifted from NDRF base Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) and 04 teams form NDRF base Pune (Maharashtra) to Gujarat and shall be deployed on reaching.
All NDRF teams are fully equipped with various types of cutting, flood rescue equipment, V-SAT & Satellite communication equipment for rescue and relief operations.
NDRF battalions stationed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh are also kept on stand-by and directed to keep a close watch over the situation. Additional teams are on standby in these locations.
The Force is in constant touch with the state government to chalk out the response strategies in case of any eventuality during the cyclonic storm.
Director General, NDRF is regularly coordinating with the Central Ministries/agencies and State authorities for an effective response during the anticipated cyclonic storm.
Issued By :- PR Cell, NDRF HQ, New Delhi.