New Delhi: The Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan on Friday (May 21) wrote a letter Chief Secretary of States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal and Administrator of Andaman and Nicobar Island to prepare after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that a low pressure are in the Bay of Bengal may turn into a Cyclone by the end of the week.
According to the IMD, the Cyclone will reach Odisha and West Bengal by May 26 and will also cause heavy rains in the eastern coast along with Andaman and Nicobar Island.
Bhsuhan said that states should follow a number of measures to ensure their preparedness.
These measures are:
- Activate the Health Sector Incident Command System and Emergency Operation Sytem with a nodal officer which may be contacted by the Union Ministry of Health.
- Activated Hospital Disaster Management Plan in each district.
- Advance planning to evacuate people from the areas that will be affected by the cyclone.
- Establish district surveillance units and ensure that the COVID-19 management does not get affected by the Cyclone.
- Arranging power back up for all the hospitals and COVIDD-19 care centres.
- All the medical facilities be shifted from the ground floors to the upper floors in case water rushes into these facilities.
- Provide hospitals with satellite phones in case of communication blackout by the cyclone.
- Increase COVID-19 testing as people evacuated will be shifted into camps where the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be higher.
- Follow the releases of the IMD to track the path of the Cyclone.
Bhushan also added that the Union Ministry of Health was ready to provide help to the affected states for the damages that are caused by the Cyclone.
The Cyclone has been named ‘Yaas’, a name which has been provided by Oman.
If formed it will hit Indian within a week after the west coast was hit by Cyclone Tauktae which has caused widespread damage in Gujarat and Maharashtra.