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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: The National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF) is committed to save each and every life during cyclone Tauktae which is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat's Bhavnagar today, said Satya Narayan Pradhan, Director General of the apex agency for disaster management in the country.

Speaking exclusively to OTV, Pradhan said, “As many as 28 teams have been formed and they are ready to meet any kind of emergency situation.”

“We are already having the experience and expertise to tackle the aftermath situation of cyclone amid the pandemic. During Amphan and Nisarga cyclones the pandemic had already broke out and we had carried out our operations during that phase too. We are on our toes to clear the routes for smooth movement of oxygen containers,” Pradhan added.

“Thatched houses, weak buildings, electric and telephone polls will be definitely damaged in the cyclone. Keeping this in mind, we are all prepared to face the anticipated challenges,” he stated.

Lauding Odisha’s efforts in fight against cyclones, the NDRF DG said, “Many states are following Odisha’s footprint in facing cyclones and their aftermaths.”

Notably, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that Cyclone Tauktae will take an extreme shape in the east central Arabian Sea by Monday night, with wind speed reaching upto 180-190 kmph and gusting to 210 kmph which is likely to prevail during the next six hours.

The agency has warned of tidal waves of upto 3 meters hitting the coasts of Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu and Bhavnagar of Gujarat.

The IMD said that gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph gusting to 110 kmph is prevailing over adjoining northeast Arabian Sea. It would gradually increase becoming 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph from forenoon for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.

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