The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed nearly 1,200 personnel in the coastal areas of Gujarat in the wake of the approaching cyclonic storm “Nilofar.”
“Ten teams have already been deployed in Porbandar, Surat, Kutch, Dwarka, Gandhidham and other places along the Gujarat coast. Three battalions, comprising about 3,600 personnel, have been kept on alert,” said a senior NDRF official.
“The India Meteorological Department has forecast that the cyclone will weaken before it hits the coast,” said the official.
Earlier on Tuesday, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee to review the preparedness of the Central and State agencies.
“During a video conferencing with senior officials, he took stock of all the steps taken by the State government to deal with the cyclone.Evacuation to begin
PTI reports from Ahmedabad:
An estimated 30,000 people along coastal areas will be moved to safe places in Kutch district of Gujarat from Wednesday as the very severe cyclonic storm Nilofar hurtles towards the State.
In a precautionary measure, the district collector of Kutch, Mahendra Patel, has asked the administration to initiate evacuation process in 128 villages in eight tehsils. “All these villages are near the coast. Based on the final prediction of the Met department, we will start evacuation tomorrow.
“We are also working to ensure electricity supply during the cyclone,” he said.