Shillong, May 4, 2019
The Meghalaya government has sought deployment of a platoon of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state in view of Cyclone Fani to avert any untoward incident.
Meghalaya Revenue and Disaster Minister Kyrmen Shylla informed that the government has sought for a platoon of 25 to 30 personnel of NDRF from Guwahati who would assist the state in case of an emergency.
The Minister also informed that officials from all the 11 districts have been asked to stay alert and all officers, including those posted in various blocks, have been asked not to leave their places of posting.
Also, the State Disaster Relief Force and the fire services have been kept on standby and the disaster management authorities have asked all the residents of the state to take precaution in case of emergency.
On the other hand, the Indian Air Force has kept on standby 11 helicopters and four An-32 aircraft in different locations for relief and rescue operations.
According to an official (Defence) release, Eastern Air Command (EAC) Headquarters (in Shillong) has sized up the situation in conjunction with Air Force headquarters. The EAC has kept on standby six light helicopters with winch for rescue work and five medium-lift helicopters for deploying the relief material, medical help and National Disaster Response Force teams with equipment.
It may be mentioned, cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and wreaked havoc in Odisha on May 3rd, 2019.
According to the meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into “very severe” as it approached West Bengal.