ICG ships warn Bay of Bengal fishermen and sailors to return ashore
New Delhi, May 20 (PTI) Ships, aircraft and remote stations of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have started warning fishermen and sailors in the Bay of Bengal to return to shore or take shelter in harsh ports. closer because Cyclone Yaas is likely to intensify within the next 72 hours, an official statement said on Thursday.
“According to forecasts from the IMD (Indian Meteorological Department), an area of low pressure is very likely to form over the North Andaman Sea and adjacent to the east-central Bay of Bengal towards the May 22 (Saturday), “the ICG statement read.
Yaas formed in the Bay of Bengal days after Cyclone Tauktae hit the Arabian Sea.
Tauktae made landfall on Monday night near the town of Una in Gir Somnath, Gujarat, and wreaked havoc for about 28 hours before weakening into a depression.
At least 53 people lost their lives in cyclone-related incidents in different parts of Gujarat.
Regarding Yaas, the ICG said in a statement that it is very likely to escalate into a cyclonic storm within the next 72 hours.
“It is planned to move north-west and reach the coast of Odisha-West Bengal around the evening of May 26,” he added.
Preventive measures have already been initiated by the ICG to deal with Yaas, he said.
“ Weather alerts are regularly relayed by ICG vessels, aircraft and the ROC (Remote Operating Center) / ROS (Remote Operating Station) on VHF (very high frequency) urging fishermen and sailors to return ashore or take shelter in the nearest port, ” it noted.
These warnings are relayed in English as well as in the vernaculars to alert merchant vessels, fishing vessels, scientific research vessels, oil platforms, accommodation barges, support vessels for development areas offshore, he said.
“Port authorities, oil rig operators, maritime transport, fisheries authorities and fishermen associations have been informed of the likelihood of cyclones forming,” he noted.
The ICG said a fishing ban was already in place on India’s east coast.
In addition, ICG’s Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) with inflatable boats, lifebuoys and life jackets are on standby to undertake disaster response operations, he added. PTI DSP RHL