Indian Coast Guard (Photo Credit PIB)
New Delhi: The Coast Guard (ICG) deployed its equipment on May 22, 2021, ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Yas on the East Coast. All coastal, aquatic 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 broadcast weather warnings in local languages on MMB radio for marine and fishermen. Navtex alerts are being issued regularly and the International Safety Net (ISN) has been activated to alert ships to find / cross the region.
Langer ships are advised to take shelter as a necessary safety measure and assist single point mooring (SPM) operators. In addition to the deep waters of the Bay of Bengal, the ICG leaves the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on an average of 116 ships and three aircraft per day. Read more: Cyclone Yas: Hurricane Yas threatens to hit East Coast
Also, 31 Coastguard Disaster Relief Team (DRT) personnel are on standby, including inflated boats, life-saving belts and life-saving jackets. In addition, medical teams and ambulances are on standby.
With this disaster relief measure, the ICG has ensured the safe return of 254 boats at sea and has so far alerted 77 ships at various merchant ships and anchors in transit. Port authorities, oil rig operators, shipping, fisheries authorities and the Fisheries Association have already taken steps to avoid any damage and have been notified of the cyclone.
The ICG has assembled Kho (ongoing PIB) Jabin on the west coast and carried out rescue work after the cyclone.