Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 9:
The Centre today reviewed the preparedness for the cyclone Hudhud which is likely to hit the Odisha -Andhra coast on Sunday.
Presiding over a high-level meeting, Union cabinet secretary, Ajit Seth, who also heads the National Crisis Management Committee, asked the representatives of all Central ministries, departments and chief secretaries of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to take necessary steps towards full preparedness to meet with any eventuality arising out of the impending disaster.
A release by the Union Home ministry said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has put 51 teams of five battalions deployed across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar on high alert.
While six rescue and relief teams have already been deployed in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari areas where the intensity of the cyclone is expected to be severe, deployment of nine NDRF teams in Gajpati, Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Puri and Baleswar districts of Odisha is being actively considered .
Four teams each from NDRF Patna, Kolkata and Chennai battalions are moving towards Odisha and Andhra Pradesh while 27 teams are being deployed in vulnerable areas of these two states with 162 boats, 54 deep diving sets and other rescue equipment, the release said.