Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, who also heads the national crisis management committee, on Thursday reviewed preparedness for the Hudhud cyclone which is likely to hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Sunday.
A home ministry official said Seth had asked the representatives of all central ministries, departments and chief secretaries of the concerned state governments to take necessary steps for preparedness to meet any eventuality.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has placed five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) situated at Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar on high alert. These NDRF battalions comprise 51 teams.
Home ministry officials said in Andhra Pradesh, six rescue and relief teams have been deployed while in Odisha, nine NDRF teams are being considered for deployment. 162 boats, 54 deep-diving sets and other flood rescue equipment are also being sent to the areas to meet any challenges that might arise due to the cyclone.