Several units of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have been placed on high alert following a warning from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) about cyclonic storm ‘Mocha’. The IMD has predicted that the depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal has moved northwestwards and is expected to continue moving north-northwestwards. The depression is also expected to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm over the same region.
According to the IMD, the movement of the depression is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by Friday, May 12, with wind speeds reaching up to 130 kmph over the southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal. In response to this warning, several units of the ICG have been placed on high alert to ensure the safety of those at sea and coastal areas.
Cyclones and other severe weather events are common occurrences in the Bay of Bengal, and the ICG is well-equipped to handle such situations. The ICG has a fleet of ships, aircraft, and other resources that can be deployed to respond to any emergency situations arising from natural disasters.
The IMD has also issued warnings to fishermen and advised them to avoid venturing out into the sea until the situation improves. The ICG has also advised fishermen to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
In recent years, India has experienced several severe weather events, including cyclones and floods, that have caused significant damage and loss of life. The country has taken steps to improve its disaster preparedness and response capabilities, including the establishment of dedicated agencies such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the ICG.
The warning about cyclonic storm ‘Mocha’ is being taken seriously by the ICG and other agencies, who are working to ensure the safety of those at sea and coastal areas. With the resources and experience at their disposal, these agencies are well-prepared to respond to any emergency situations that may arise as a result of the storm.