Cyclone Jawad: PM Modi Holds Meeting; Red Alert In Odisha, NDRF Teams On Standby

By December 3, a low-pressure region in the Bay of Bengal could develop into a tropical cyclone storm Jawad. It is expected to strike Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam, and Vijayanagaram regions, as well as Odisha's coastline regions. In Odisha, the Meteorological department has declared a red alert for many regions.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a vital conference to address the nation's storm situation. The conference takes place in the aftermath of a hurricane in the Bay of Bengal.

By the 3rd of December, the low-pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to accelerate into cyclonic storms named Jawad. By the early hours of the 4th of December, it is predicted to strike the coastlines of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, with gusty winds varying from 90 to 100 kilometres per hour, torrential rains, and high tides in the coastline regions of these states.

The cyclonic storm is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam, and Vijayanagaram regions, as well as Odisha's coastal regions. It is also expected to cause severe to extremely severe downpours to West Bengal's coastal portions and Gangetic regions.

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Stormy winds of 55 to 60 kilometres per hour, with gusts of 65 kilometres per hour, are expected to make the seas extremely choppy on the 3rd of December. As per the meteorological bureau, the wind velocity on the 4th of December early hours will probably hit 80 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour.

On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba convened a conference of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to assess the contingency planning of central authorities and departments in advance of the cyclone's landfall.

Fisherman and all ships at marine should be brought back quickly, according to Gauba, and individuals in locations prone to be impacted by the tropical cyclone should be relocated as soon as possible.

Mrutunjay Mohapatra, Director-General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), presented a briefing at the conference, detailing the cyclone's present position and predicted route of motion. The India Meteorological Department has declared a red signal for the regions of Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur located in the state of Odisha, indicating severe to very massive rains. After the tropical cyclone storm comes close to the coast on the 4th of December, an orange warning has indeed been declared in Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khurda, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, and Koraput regions. On a similar date, it released a yellow warning, signifying severe downpour in the regions of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, and Malkangiri.

In Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 32 units, with more team members on alert. The Navy and Army, together with their aircraft and ships, are also prepared.

With the impending tropical cyclone in mind, the Marine Corps has indeed taken substantial pre-emptive preparations along the eastern coast. The Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) are ready to respond to disasters with collapsible watercraft, life markers, and safety gear, according to a tweet from the Army Public Affairs Officer in Madras on Wednesday.