Boats with other flood rescue equipment are being sent to meet any challenges which may arise due to the cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is geared up for rescue operations in the wake of the cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’ in the Arabian Sea along the Gujarat coast. NDRF has alerted its three battalions situated at Vadodara (Gujarat), Pune (Maharashtra) and Bathinda (Punjab).
Five rescue and relief teams are pre-positioned at Gandhidam, Dwarka, Porbandar, Veeraval and Rajkot in Gujarat. Two teams are at Bhuj in Gujarat. NDRF teams are being deployed in vulnerable areas as proactive measures to mitigate the situation during cyclonic storm.
Apart from the seven teams, nine NDRF teams are on standby and awaiting deployment instructions. Boats with other flood rescue equipment are being sent to meet any challenges which may arise due to the cyclonic storm ‘Nilofar’.
The Met Department has already issued a warning and suggest that, “Fishermen out at sea along and off Gujarat coast should return to the coast. Total suspension of fishing operations. Coastal hutment dwellers to be moved to safer places. People in affected areas to remain indoors around landfall time.”
Fortunately, Nilofar does not seem as severe a storm as Hudhud, the Met said that, It would move north-northwestwards during next 12 hrs and then gradually recurve northeastwards and cross north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast around Naliya by 01st November forenoon. However, as the system would come closer to Gujarat coast, it would weaken and cross the coast as a cyclonic storm.