Cabinet Secretary chaired National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting on Cyclone Tauktae.

National Crisis Management Committee:

  • The NCMC is a committee set up by the Government of India in the wake of a natural calamity for effective coordination and implementation of relief measures and operations.
  • It is headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
  • In India, the NCMC and the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) are the two major committees involved in top-level decision making with respect to Disaster Management (DM).

Key functions:

  • Overseeing the command, control and coordination of the disaster response.
  • Giving directions to the crisis management group as necessary.
  • The committee is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and has the secretaries of various ministries or departments with disaster management responsibilities as members.

Cyclone Tauktae:

  • Tauktae is the fourth cyclone in consecutive years to have developed in the Arabian Sea, that too in the pre-monsoon period (April to June).
  • Tauktae has been intensifying very rapidly. From a depression formed in the southeast Arabian Sea on May 14 morning, it strengthened into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by the early hours of May 16.
  • The IMD has further predicted that Cyclone Tauktae will turn into an extremely severe cyclonic storm.
  • The coastal districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat are on high alert and people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas.
  • Gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa leaving about ten people dead and about a hundred damaged houses.
  • The cyclone is expected to hit Gujarat on the 17th and the forecast is that it will reduce in intensity then.


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