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Cyclone Jawad: 64 NDRF Teams Earmarked, All Preparations Done, Says Official

The cyclonic storm is likely to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off the coast of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Dec 4 morning.

In the photo Atul Karwal DG NDRF addressing media on Cyclone Jawad preparedness on Dec 3, 2021. (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: The impending cyclonic storm Jawad is expected to make landfall in Puri on Sunday and will likely affect the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, in view of this the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked 64 teams to tackle the situation, a senior officer said on Friday.

NDRF Director General (DG) Atul Karwal told reporters during a briefing here that while 46 teams have been deployed or pre-positioned in the vulnerable states, 18 teams have been kept in reserve.

“A total of 46 NDRF teams have been sent to Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and are prepositioned there. IDS is on alert if the situation arises to airlift any of the teams. 18 more teams are on standby,” said Atul Karwal DG NDRF on preparations ahead of Cyclone Jawad on Friday.

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The Low-pressure depression is expected to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm in the next six hours and will likely reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts by Saturday, Dec 4, said the India Meteorological Department on Friday.

A single NDRF team has about 30 personnel who are equipped with pole cutters, electric saws to cut uprooted trees, inflatable boat and some other relief and rescue gadgets. “We are confident of taking care of the situation,” Karwal said, adding all preparations have been done by the federal contingency force to help the affected states and the citizens.

The NDRF head said the national crisis management committee (NCMC), a panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior officers have already reviewed the situation and these will continue till the cyclone hits the coast on December 5 in Odisha.

The India Meteorological Department had previously warned that a low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm Jawad, on Friday.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)