With Tauktae intensifying from a very severe to an extremely severe cyclonic storm, defence minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the military’s preparations to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to states affected by the cyclone even as warships and rescue teams are on standby for relief work, officials familiar with the development said.
Three warships (Talwar, Tarkash and Tabar) are on standby with relief material for immediate assistance to affected areas if required, the defence ministry said in a statement, adding that more warships can be diverted to provide assistance to stranded fishing boats.
The minister was also said at the meeting that 11 Indian Navy diving teams have also been kept on standby in case of any request from affected states.
“Twelve flood rescue teams and medical teams have been earmarked for immediate response and deployment. Repair and rescue teams have also been formed to undertake urgent infrastructure repairs post cyclone, if required,” the ministry said. The navy’s maritime reconnaissance aircraft are also broadcasting cyclone warnings to fishermen.