National panel orders central and states to restore telecommunications, electricity and water links affected by Tauktae, Telecom News, ET Telecom

New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday ordered central and state agencies to “quickly” restore affected telecommunications, electricity, road and water links by Cyclone Tauktae.

A statement issued by the Union’s Interior Ministry said the meeting, organized to review relief and rehabilitation efforts undertaken in the wake of the extremely severe cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, has Also discussed “efforts by the Navy and Coast Guard, along with other agencies, to rescue people on three barges and a CGSB offshore drill ship.”

As many as 37 staff have died while 38 remain missing, after Navy rescuers struggling with extreme weather conditions rescued 186 of the 261 people aboard the P305 barge offshore from the coast of Mumbai and two members of a tugboat.

“The Chief Secretaries of States and the Advisers to the Administrators of the Union Territories briefed the Committee on the damage to infrastructure, crops and loss of life in the affected areas and the measures they have taken. to restore telecommunications, electricity, roads, water supplies and other utilities. “

“It was noted that due to the timely and accurate forecast from IMD and the coordinated efforts of all relevant central and state / UT agencies, the damage and loss of life has been limited,” the statement said.

Due to the early and timely action taken by all agencies, the operation of COVID-19 hospitals and health centers in the areas affected by the cyclone has also “remained unchanged,” he added. .

Chief secretaries and officials from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, as well as senior officers from Lakshadweep, Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, attended the meeting.

Officials from various central government ministries such as home, maritime transport, telecommunications, petroleum, electricity, health, food and public distribution, drinking water and sanitation, the member secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Directors General of the Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Coast Guard and the Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff (IDS) also participated in the meeting.

Tauktae made landfall on Monday evening near Una town in Gir Somnath district, Gujarat, and wreaked havoc for about 28 hours, before sinking into a depression.

According to official data, at least 53 people have been killed in various parts of Gujarat due to heavy rains and storm-like incidents that occurred during the cyclone’s fury.

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