The Indian Navy said on Sunday it was closely monitoring the movement of Cyclone Gulab and keeping Navy ships and planes on standby for rescue and relief operations.
Gulab is likely to cross between Gopalpur in the Ganjam district of Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh around midnight, India’s meteorological department said.
The Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and the naval officers in charge of Odisha carried out preparatory activities to deal with the effects of the cyclone, according to an official statement.
The Navy is in constant liaison with state administrations to provide necessary assistance and closely monitor the movement of the hurricane storm, he said.
As part of the preparedness, flood relief teams and dive crews are pre-positioned in Odisha and ready in Visakhapatnam to provide immediate assistance, he added.
Two warships are at sea with humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, and medical teams will assist in the most affected areas.
The planes are being kept ready at the INS Dega naval air stations in Visakhapatnam and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake an aerial survey of the most affected areas, evacuation of the wounded and the dropping of relief equipment, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the East Coast Railway canceled 34 pairs of trains due to Cyclone Gulab.
ECoR has also rescheduled 13 trains and diverted at least 17 trains so far, according to its bulletins.
“Given the forecast of heavy rains accompanied by cyclonic wind, all necessary precautions have been taken by ECoR,” he said. The railways carry out numerous patrols in the areas likely to be affected.
Bridges are monitored and appropriate measures have been taken for electrical and signaling operations.
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