Bhubaneswar: As many as five NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams from Odisha have left for Gujarat to join the post-cyclone rescue and relief operation as the cyclone ‘Tauktae’ which is strengthening its base further over Arabian Sea is very likely to hit Gujarat coast in the form of very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday.
There are 125 personnel in each team who will join the rescue activities in Rajkot in Gujarat.
The cyclonic storm, ‘Tauktae’ formed over the Aarabian Sea is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by 5.30 pm today and very severe cyclonic storm by 11.30 am tomorrow, regional weather office said.
The Met department has predicted that it might hit the Gujarat coast by Tuesday morning.
According to reports, more than 50 teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) have been kept ready for rescue and relief operations in sensitive States- Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra which may bear the brunt of the cyclone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a review meeting on the disaster management preparedness for the cyclone at 5 PM today.
Red and orange alerts have been sounded in various parts of Gujarat. Low-lying areas of the Islands of Lakshadweep are likely to get flooded, reports said.
Fishermen have been asked to avoid venturing into Arabian Sea till Tuesday as the sea condition will remain very rough during the time.
Necessary precautions have been advised for naval operations in anticipation of rough sea.