Nilofar: Govt gears up to deal with Nov 1 landfall

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 29, 2014 08:32 IST

The Gujarat government on Tuesday deployed rescue teams of state reserved police and disaster management force in coastal districts Kutch, Jamnagar, Dwarka and Somnath. They are likely to be hit by cyclonic storm Nilofar, which is expected to make landfall on November 1.

As per PC Thakur, state DGP, a total of eight flood rescue teams of the state police have been deployed in areas likely to be slammed by the storm that is building in the Arabian Sea.

“We have made all preparations for the rescue works to begin from October 29. As per the IMD’s latest direction, cyclone is expected to hit coastal areas of Kutch on November 1,” MS Patel, Kutch district collector, told HT.

Chief minister Anandiben Patel asked senior ministers and bureaucrats to camp in coastal areas which are likely to witness cyclonic storms.

“Senior ministers and bureaucrats are already camping in the coastal districts to supervise the preparations being done by the administration,” a senior official from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.

The Met department said the cyclone is likely to make landfall on Friday, packing winds of 100-110 kmph.

NCMC reviews preparedness
For the second day, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, reviewed the preparedness of central and state agencies to face any challenge arising out of Nilofar.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed rescue and relief teams at Gandhidam, Dwarka, Porbandar, Veeraval and Rajkot in Gujarat.

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