New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting with top government officials to review the precautionary measures and preparedness for the severe tropical cyclone ‘Fani’ that is all set to make a landfall anytime in the country.
The PM was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone and the precautionary measures initiated which include provision of adequate resources; deployment of teams from NDRF and the armed forces; arrangements to provide drinking water; and standby systems to restore power and telecom services.
After the review meeting, Modi instructed all senior officers to maintain close coordination with officers of cyclone-prone states, to ensure preventive measures, and also to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations, as required.
The meeting was attended by the cabinet secretary to the PM, principal secretary to the PM, the home secretary and senior officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), National Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Management Authority, among others.
Meanwhile, the evacuation process for over 8 lakh people residing in the coastal state of Odisha has already started following the ‘yellow warning’ issued by the IMD,
As per the latest reports by Indian meteorological department, ‘Cyclone Fani’, is currently located 450 km from the coast of Odisha and it is all set to make landfall in India at 5:30 pm on Friday.