Indian Coast Guard Prepare for Cyclone Yaas, Alert East Coast Fishermen and Sailors | India News
Chennai: With an area of low pressure off Andamans expected to intensify in Cyclone “Yaas” after the weekend, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is already in action. Coast Guard assets at sea, in the air and on land relay alert messages in English and Indian to alert merchant ships, fishing vessels and other vessels along the length of the east coast of India – from Tamil Nadu to West Bengal.
Canadian Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams (DRT) with inflatable boats, lifebuoys and life jackets are on standby to undertake disaster response operations. Medical teams and ambulances were also kept on standby for rapid mobilization.
In addition to closely monitoring the weather system and alerting vessels at sea, the ICG also alerts anchored vessels so that they adopt adequate safety measures.
“Navtex warnings are issued regularly and the International Safety Net (ISN) has been activated to alert ships entering / transiting the area. Port authorities, oil rig operators, shipping, fisheries authorities and fishermen’s associations have been made aware of the likelihood of cyclones forming and close liaison and coordination for the safety of boats, vessels and fixed platforms are maintained ”, indicates the press release from the ICG. .
Although the fishing ban is in effect on the east coast of India, ICG planes and vessels are broadcasting information asking fishermen to return ashore. The ICG also called on the respective state and UT governments to educate fishermen and keep account of the fishing vessels present in the port and to maintain close liaison.
According to the IMD forecast, an area of low pressure is very likely to form over the North Andaman Sea and adjacent to the east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22. It is very likely that it will escalate into a cyclonic storm in the next 72 hours. It should move north-west and reach the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal around the evening of May 26. The system will be named “Yaas” once it develops into a cyclone. Cyclones forming on the east coast of India impact states and Union territories such as Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Over the past week, the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have engaged in surveillance, search and rescue operations on the west coast of India, which was hit by a very severe Cyclone Tauktae. The effects of this cyclone were felt in the Lakshadweep Islands, Kerala, southern Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat where it made landfall.