Cyclone Fani: preventive measures prevented the loss of human lives at sea, says Coast Guard

NEW DELHI: Pre-emptive Measures Taken By Such A Warning To The Fishing And Merchant Marine Community Resulted In The Loss Of Life At Sea During Cyclone Fani, The Maritime Security Agency Said Sunday.

In A Statement, The Coast Guard Said On April 24, When Fani Was In Its Formative Phase, It Began To Work On The Risk Assessment Of Vulnerabilities On The East Coast. All Seven Stations Of The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) And Six Of The Head Offices Of The East Coast District Were Alarmed.

No Loss Of Human Life Has Been Reported At Sea. ICG Disaster Response Teams Help The Government Administration In Relief Operations, The Coast Guard Said.

Around 14 ICG Ships And Four Aircraft Were Instructed Daily At Sea To Warn The Fishing And Merchant Community Since April 24, It Said.

ICG Ships, Airplanes, And Shore-based Remote-controlled Stations Issued A Warning To Fishermen And Very High-frequency Merchant Ships (VHF) Along The Entire East Coast, The Coast Guard Said.

Warnings Were Also Broadcast In Regional Languages ​​for The Local Fishing Community. Contingency Meetings Were Held With Authorities In Mandapam, Chennai, Vishakapatnam, Paradip, Bubhaneshwar, Haldia And Kolkata To Turn Off Mobilization Plans, It Added.

Special Community Interaction Programs Were Implemented In 13 Fishermen's Hamlets With The Participation Of Local Community Leaders To Ensure That No Fishing Boat Would Be Deployed At Sea, The Agency Said.

Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCC) In Chennai And Mumbai Were Commissioned To Update Merchant Ships Through Navigational Telex And International Safety Net.

Neighboring MRCCs Were Also Warned To Search For Stranded Indian Ships And Provide Assistance.

" When The Cyclone Landed At The End Of The Morning Of May 3, Five Main ICG Ships, Braving The Bad Weather And The Rough Sea, Went To The Coast To Help The Government Administration In Taking Help And Executing Damage Claims, It Said.

ICG Ships Were Filled With Food Packages, Drinking Water And Relief Material.

A Total Of 34 Coast Guard Disaster Response Teams (DRT) Were Brought Into Action, Along With Rescue Equipment, Basic Aid Material, Food Packages And Water. Medical Emergency Teams With Critical Care Ambulance And Emergency Medicines Formed In Vishakapatnam, Gopalpur, Paradip, Bhubaneshwar, Haldia And Kolkata, The Maritime Agency Added

The Death Valley In Cyclone Fani Rise To 29 On Sunday, Two Days After The" Extremely Severe" Storm Burst Through The Coast Of Odisha, Caused Widespread Destruction And Hundreds Struggled With Water Shortages And Power Outages.

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