Preparation for Cyclone ‘Michaung’ In Bay of Bengal

  • Meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Mr Rajiv Gauba.
  • To review the preparedness of State governments and Central Ministries/ Departments for impending cyclone ‘Michaung’ in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), briefed the Committee about the current status of the cyclone.

Michaung:

  • The depression over the Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards.
  • Likely to move west-northwestwards, intensify into a Deep Depression by the 2nd and further into a Cyclonic Storm over the Southwest Bay of Bengal around the 3rd of December.
  • It would move northwestwards and reach near south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts by 4th December forenoon.
  • It would move nearly northwards almost parallel to the south Andhra Pradesh coast and cross South Andhra Pradesh during the forenoon of 5th December.
  • Between Nellore and Machilipatnam it became a Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 80-90 Kmph gusting to 100 Kmph.

Meeting Brief:

  • Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and Finance Secretary, Puducherry apprised the Committee of the preparatory measures being taken to protect the public and property in the expected path of the cyclone and measures being taken by the local administration.
  • Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea.
  • Adequate shelters, power supply, medicine and emergency services are being kept in readiness.
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has made 18 teams available to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Puducherry and 10 additional teams have been kept ready.
  • Rescue and relief teams of the Coast Guard, Army and Navy along with ships and aircraft have been kept ready on standby.

Objective:

  • The aim should be to ensure that there is no loss of lives and to minimize damage to property and infrastructure.
  • All essential services should be restored in the shortest possible time.
  • The safety of manpower deployed in oil rigs, vessels etc. should be ensured.

Participants:

  • Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
  • Secretary Finance, Puducherry.
  • Union Home Secretary.
  • Secretary, Department of Fisheries.
  • Secretary, Ministry of Power.
  • Additional Secretary, Ministries of Ports, Shipping & Waterways/ Petroleum & Natural Gas/ Telecom.
  • Member Secretary NDMA.
  • DG IMD.
  • DG Coast Guard.
  • DCISC IDS.
  • IG NDRF.
  • Senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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