Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has mobilised its assets given Cyclone Yaas which is expected to hit the Eastern Coast on May 26, 2021.
All the ashore, afloat and aviation units are on high alert and ICG ships and aircraft have been deployed in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman sea.
ICG Remote Operating Stations are relaying weather alert messages in local languages on MMB radio for the seafarers and fishermen. Navtex warnings are being issued regularly and the International Safety Net (ISN) has been activated to alert the vessels in/transiting through the area. Ships at anchorage have also been advised to take shelter and Single Point Mooring (SPM) operators for necessary safety measures. The ICG deployed 16 ships and three aircraft per day on average across the Bay of Bengal's deep waters and off the coast of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In addition, 31 Coast Guard Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) with inflatable boats, lifebuoys and lifejackets are on standby. Medical teams & ambulances have also been kept on standby for swift mobilisation.
ICG has ensured the safe return of 254 boats out at sea with these preventive measures and alerted various merchant vessels in transit and 77 vessels at anchorage.
Port authorities, Oil rig operators, Shipping, fisheries authorities and fishermen associations have also been informed about the impending cyclone for undertaking pre-emptive measures to avoid any damage.
The ICG has mobilised its assets while continuing with the ongoing search and rescue operations on the Western seaboard in the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae.
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