New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting today to review the response measures against cyclone ‘Amphan’ developing in the Bay of Bengal.

Prime minister took full stock of the situation and reviewed the response preparedness as well as the evacuation plan presented by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). During the presentation of the response plan, DG NDRF informed that 25 NDRF teams have been deployed on the ground while 12 others are ready in reserve. 24 other NDRF teams are also on standby in different parts of the country.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that the Super Cyclone is expected to make a landfall on West Bengal coast in the afternoon of 20th May as an extremely severe cyclonic storm with wind speeds ranging up to 195 kmph. It would be causing heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of the State.

In West Bengal, districts of East Medinipur, South & North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata are likely to be worst affected. The storm is also likely to impact coastal districts of North Odisha including Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak and Balasore. 

IMD has warned of storm surge of about 4-5 meters height above the astronomical tide, which would  inundate low lying coastal areas of South & North 24 Parganas, and 3-4 meters height  in East Medinipur, districts of West Bengal at the time of landfall. The cyclone has the potential to cause extensive damage in the Coastal Districts of West Bengal.

Prime Minister has directed that all necessary measures be taken to complete evacuation of people from areas in cyclone path and maintain adequate quantities of essential supplies.

All concerned have been advised to make adequate preparations to ensure maintenance of essential services such as Power, Telecommunications in the event of damages caused to them and also to review their preparedness well in time and ensure quick resumption of services in the event of any disruption.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations.  Army and Air Force units in these States have also been put on standby.

NDRF has deployed 25 teams in Odisha and West Bengal. Additionally 12 teams have been kept on standby.  The teams are equipped with the requisite materials like boats, tree cutters, telecom equipment etc.

IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with latest forecast to all the concerned States.  MHA is also in continuous touch with the State Government.

The meeting was also attended by union home minister Amit Shah, principal advisor to the prime minister, PK Sinha and cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba.