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).
- 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.
- 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.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES ,MINT