Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a meeting to review the response and preparedness of the administration ahead of the cyclone Remal, which is set to make a landfall by midnight between Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal coasts.

The PM was briefed that the National Crisis Management Committee is in regular touch with the Government of West Bengal. All fishermen have been advised not to venture into South Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Around one lakh people are being moved to safer places. IMD is also extending information support to Bangladesh with regular updates.

During the meeting, PM Modi said that the Government of India has extended full support to the state government and must continue to do so. He advised the Ministry of Home Affairs to monitor the situation and take a review after the landfall of the cyclone in order to extend necessary assistance

for restoration. Prime Minister has instructed that apart from 12 NDRF teams that have already been deployed in West Bengal and one in Odisha, more teams be kept on standby which can move within one hour. The Indian Coast Guard to deploy its assets for any emergency. He said the Ports, Railways and Highways be kept on high vigil to avoid any untoward incidents.

During the meeting, the Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF, DG, IMD and Member Secretary, NDMA were also present.

According to IMD, the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal transformed into a cyclone on Saturday evening. Met department chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the cyclone is centred in the Bay of Bengal 200 KMs south of Canning town in West Bengal. It is moving towards the north and will continue to hit the coast between Sagar Island of West Bengal and Khepupara of Bangladesh.
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