The Indian Navy has kept on standby its aircraft and three ships for immediate deployment in the eventuality of any damage by severe syclonic storm Bulbul, which is expected to make landfall by Saturday midnight, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) was closely monitoring the movement of the cyclonic storm as it goes northwards. “Naval aircraft deployed in the Bay of Bengal have been warning fishing boats about the impinging cyclone and advising them to return to the nearest harbour for shelter.
“Three Indian Navy ships are on standby in Visakhapatnam with relief material embarked for immediate deployment to the most affected areas to undertake relief and rescue operations,” the spokesperson said.
Ten diving and medical teams have also been kept ready for augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Odisha and West Bengal.
The Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Station, INS Dega to undertake aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material as required by the state administrations. Read More