National Crisis Management Committee, NCMC met under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to review preparedness for the impending cyclone in Bay of Bengal on Friday. The Director General, India Meteorological Department, briefed the Committee about the current status of the depression over central Bay of Bengal, about 800 km south-southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh and 810 km south of Canning in West Bengal. It is very likely to move northeastwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow night. 

Thereafter, it will move nearly northwards and very likely to cross Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts between Sagar Island and Khepupara around 26th May midnight as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph from evening of 26th May.

The Chief Secretary of West Bengal apprised the Committee

of the preparatory measures being taken to protect the population in the expected path of the cyclonic storm and measures being taken by the local administration. Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea and those at sea have been called to safe berth. District Control Rooms have also been activated and are monitoring the situation. Adequate shelters, power supply, medicine and emergency services have been kept in readiness.

National Disaster Response Force has deployed 12 teams and 5 additional teams are kept on standby. Rescue and relief teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard along with ships and aircrafts have been kept in readiness. Regular alerts and advisories are being sent by DG, Shipping to the ports of Kolkata and Paradip. Emergency teams have been deployed by Ministry of Power for immediate power restoration.

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