Coast Guard gears up to take on cyclone 'Yaas'

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Visakhapatnam, May 22 (PTI): The Indian CoastGuard (ICG) has geared up to meet the likely challenges from the developing cyclonic storm Yaas on the east coast.

The low pressure predicted over north Andaman Sea and adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal on 22 May would intensify into a cyclonic storm by 24 May, said a press release from the ICG quoting the India Meteorological Department on Saturday.

Yaas is expected to move northwest and make landfall on OdishaWest Bengal coast on 26 May.

The Coast Guard Eastern Seaboard has initiated pre- emptive measures forthe cyclone.

ICG stations, ships and aircraft on Eastern Seaboard are on high alert.

Coastal Radar Station in the States/UTs of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh,Odisha and West Bengal are continuously relaying messages both in English and vernacular languages alert merchant vessels, fishing boats, fisheries survey vessels, scientific research vessels, oil rigs, accommodation barges and support vessels operating in Offshore Development Areas (ODAs), among others.

Though fishing ban has been enforced on the east coast, CG ships and aircraft at sea are broadcasting weather warning to fishermen who maybeoperating at sea and directing them to return to the nearest harbour for safety.

Ships at anchorage have also been advised to monitor weather and takenecessary shelter as a safety measure.

The Coast Guard is in close liaison with State/UT governments for sensitising the coastal populace, port authorities, oil rig operators for safety of boats,vessels and platforms, the release added.

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